Unloved pumpkins, still on the vine day before Halloween

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Comments (15)

Marilyn Whiteley on November 1, 2007

I have wondered, Nawitka, how what portion of the pumpkin crop goes for decorations and what portion for food. Now your lovely photo has me wondering what portion ever gets harvested!! Cheers, Marilyn

Nawitka on November 1, 2007

Thanks for your comment, Marilyn. A local store claims that 40% of pumpkins go to the landfill -- they are sponsoring a "Pumpkin Smash" event where you bring back your pumpkin and they crush them; then they go to a local farm to be composted. You don't see in this photo about 1/10th of the field that was harvested. This is not a U-Pick field either. I have seen pumpkins simply left to rot all winter. Perhaps it is a kind of green manure crop ??

Vicki Atkins on November 2, 2007

So do any of these end up in a can? I am thinking pumpkin pie filling... you can make so many great things with canned pumpkin... I like the pumpkin smash idea. Very tempting to mention that to more people locally, as it would certainly be better than the waste. Kind of like christmas tree pick up. It is thought provoking... and I like the photo too!

Marilyn Whiteley on November 2, 2007

I'm also thinking of all the potential for pumpkin soup. It was by far the most common soup-of-the-day in New Zealand--subtle variations but always good. And it wasn't even autumn there!

Nawitka on November 4, 2007

Interesting, Marilyn. In Canada, pumpkins are disparaged as a food, I think. The most common use seems to be pumpkin pie, with so much spice, egg, cream and sugar that you could easily do without the pumpkin and never know the difference. Pumpkin soup would be pretty rare in usual home cooking here. Maybe as a novelty in a restaurant.

©junebug on November 4, 2007

Beautiful picture, Nawitka, but what a shame that all these pumpkins will be smashed and composted! Pumpkins have a high nutritional value and I agree with Marilyn, pumpkin soup is really good, but there are probably more things you can do with them. Greetings from Germany, Anne

Luigi Barbadoro - "h… on November 4, 2007

Nice picture and title, It's a real shame :-(

I'm glad to show You my friends knowed by Panoramio. If You want, read the explaination of Daniela Brocca Greetings, Luigi.

Nawitka on November 4, 2007

Thanks Luigi. The biggest shame is that all those pumpkins are going to someone else's compost pile, and not mine!

Thanks for the link too -- you are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place and have such compatible friends!

®mene on November 9, 2007

mmm :-\ seems like some of us never get the right one who eats us ... maybe they should stand up and fight??

very nice picture :)) mike

gert53 on February 25, 2008

Thanks for sharing this very good shot. I have never seen such a prodigality in agriculture before. But maybe we are going faster into hysterics here in Europe when watching destruction of food... Greetings from Castellaro, Gert

Nawitka on February 25, 2008

Thanks for visiting my pumpkins, Gert and mene! I'm goad you enjoyed it!

By the beginning of January there was no trace of the pumpkins, they had completely rotted away. Even if they had been harvested their fate would have been the same -- they would not have been eaten but only used for decoration and then discarded. At least this way they have fed countless wildlife and enriched the soil.

Nawitka on February 25, 2008

Thanks for visiting my pumpkins, Gert53 and mene/Mike! I'm glad you enjoyed the photo!

By the beginning of January there was no trace of the pumpkins, they had completely rotted away. Even if they had been harvested their fate would have been the same -- they would not have been eaten but only used for decoration and then discarded. At least this way they have fed countless wildlife and enriched the soil.

Steve Paxton on October 30, 2008

your kidding wasted

Julie Chorgo Gilson on October 27, 2013

I just clicked "LIKE" and "FAVORITE" of your wonderful photo of pumpkins and think it would be a great photo to add to Panoramio GROUP: "Pumpkins" at http://www.panoramio.com/group/330708.

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®mene on October 27, 2013

...geat to see them again :)

Now the time of them has come again and some are "part of life" in our kitchen ...

cheers, michael

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 1, 2007
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    by Nawitka
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-LC80
    • Taken on 2007/10/30 02:38:15
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 17.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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