What’s the Difference Between a Carving Pumpkin and a Pie Pumpkin?

variety of pumpkins and squash prepared for an autumn exhibitionJacqui Martin / Shutterstock

You went to the pumpkin to choose the perfect shape and size for your extravagance, but is it the same type of pumpkin that you would use for cooking?

In fact, there is a difference between a pumpkin you carve and a pumpkin that you can eat. Learn more about what distinguishes these two types of winter squash and whether they can be used interchangeably.

What's a pumpkin to cut out?

The carved pumpkins are used to create fun or scary pumpkins. They have a much thinner outer shell and less flesh on the inside. This makes them easier to carve and create all kinds of funny and spooky designs.

You will also notice that they are finer than pie pumpkins and that they contain more water, which makes them less ideal for creating treats. So, choose the most giant pumpkin you can find and take out your carving tools because Halloween is almost here!

What's a pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin pie in the center, with a basket of squash and a big pumpkin to cut in the background.Emilee Unterkoefler

Pumpkin pies are used for cooking or cooking and are also called sugar pumpkins. They are smaller and are often used to decorate or paint rather than to engrave. Although they form an adorable porch decor, they are best when they are baked and baked in your favorite desserts of autumn.

You can find sugar pumpkins at the supermarket or at the grower's market. They have more flesh, are not as spinning as pumpkins to cut and contain less water, which gives them a softer and more delicious flavor.

So, if you have cooking plans, take some sugar pumpkins and preheat this oven. Roasting a pumpkin can be done in a few simple steps.

Can you use one for the other?

Of course, you're more than welcome to use a big pumpkin to roast and mash, but we do not recommend it. As larger pumpkins are full of water, you will need to get rid of all this liquid before preparing most dishes.

Cutting pumpkins are not as rich in sugar as pumpkin pie. They are therefore not ideal for all sweet treats you want to prepare. The thicker amount of pumpkin meat inside a pumpkin is exactly what you want and need.

As for the size of a sugar pumpkin, we would not recommend it either. The sugar pumpkins are denser and have thicker skin, making the size more difficult and more dangerous. For safety's sake, stick to the pumpkin carving, because well.

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