Pie pumpkins are any one of several varieties of pumpkin grown primarily for eating rather than decorative purposes.  Also called soup pumpkins in the Northeast.   They are smaller and more dense usually having a medium or dark orange color and weighing 4-6lbs. The most common variety is the deliciously flavorful sugar pie. They can be used for painting and decorating as well.

The most obvious use for these pumpkins is to bake the autumn favorite pumpkin pie. This type of pumpkin can be used in any recipe calling for squash. For vegetarians it can make an excellent replacement for meat in winter stews and soups. They are an excellent source of beta carotene, calcium, and potassium.

Pie Pumpkins