Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Some of My Pumpkin-Shaped Cousins

Tis the season for pumpkins, and I, your intrepid tea steeping buddy otherwise known as Little Yellow Teapot, am here to show you how some of my cousin teapots have gone a bit…well, uh…let’s face it, OVERBOARD in their emulation of this fabulous member of the Winter squash family.

So, what exactly is a pumpkin? And why do some of my cousins care to emulate them? One argument is about whether they are fruits or vegetables. But I say, who cares? They are cute (especially as teapots) and tasty. A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant (Cucurbita pepo); it is round and the outer “skin” is smooth and slightly ribbed. Oh, and they are usually a nice orange color (although personally I think yellow would be better). The shell is thick and has seeds and pulp inside. Some of you humans like to roast the seeds and eat them. They taste good with tea. There are also pumpkin-growing contests where humans see how big of a pumpkin they can grow. I wonder how many pumpkin pies those big pumpkins would make?

Anyway, here are some of my pumpkin imitator cousins (click on each photo for details and more info):

By the way, cookie jars like to get in on the act, too! Here’s a beauty:

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And don’t miss this recipe here on our site for pumpkin shaped mini-cakes! We are going totally pumpkin for Fall! In fact, I think I’ll get into the act… TOOOT!

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More articles about pumpkins on our site here.

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