Pumpkins come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. In Italy, they can be divided into two broad categories: round or elongated. To select a good pumpkin, is important to choose the one that is very heavy in relation to its size. The pumpkin should also have firm skin with no soft spots. Once you have selected your pumpkin, it is time to cook it.
To bake fresh pumpkin
- Cut pumpkin into large wedges and remove the seeds inside.
- With a spoon scrape the inside flesh to remove the fibrous parts.
- Then put the pumpkin on a baking sheet and cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.
- Make holes in the foil with a toothpick so that the squash can cook without burning.
- Bake the pumpkin at 350°F (180°C) oven and cook until the flesh is soft.
- Then, remove the pumpkin from the oven and scrape out the flesh.
- Use the baked pumpkin to prepare soups or purees.
To cook fresh pumpkin on the stovetop
- Clean the pumpkin by removing the skin and seeds, then cut it into cubes.
- Heat the oil in a pan on the stove, then add the pumpkin and cook for few minutes.
- When the pumpkin is browned, season with salt and remove it from the heat.
- Use the pan-roasted pumpkin in your favorite recipes.