Happy New Year! After the hubbub of the holidays has calmed, B. and I determined to make use of our wonderful large pumpkins. Pumpkins have saved people from famine, and even have their own vampire lore, believed by the Romani people to show traces of blood and move of their own accord. Many cultures enjoy them: in the Americas since pre-Columbian times, they’ve been cultivated nearly as long as maize (one of the oldest crops), dating back to ca. 3500 BC.
This list is not exhaustive – I also want to make pumpkin wine, soup, enchiladas, etc. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place, and harvest garden bounty even in winter! This is the time of year when many of us start to think of new plans, how to improve ourselves, our lives, and the world, but I also love the quiet – taking a moment for introspection, relaxation, and appreciating what we have.