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Halloween: Now the pumpkin is just around the corner!

Halloween – some people have been making costumes for weeks, for others the festival is a horror. A few ideas to get you in the right Halloween mood. – Reading time: 3 minutes

Halloween

It's almost that time again: on the evening of the 31st. October and on the night of the 1st November is Halloween. From the USA, the custom of decorating houses and gardens with pumpkins, giving children sweets at the door and “celebrating” the spooky night with the right films has spread to Europe and finds many friends here too.

Where does Halloween come from?

The English name is a shortened form of “All Hallows Eve” – meaning the evening before All Saints Day. However, the origins of the festival lie much further back, because the Catholic Church merely adopted the existing “Samhain festival” of the Celts. On the night of Samhain, it was believed that the gates between the world of the living and the dead were open. People also celebrated the transition from the fertile summer to the rest of the winter months. The widespread festival was held hundreds of years before the birth of Christ - in the British Isles, but also on mainland Europe. So Halloween is only coming “home” when we celebrate it “again” in Europe.

Pumpkin is a must

No Halloween without pumpkin - the bright autumn vegetables can be wonderfully converted into lanterns with scary faces. This was already done in Ireland and is now simply part of the festival in the USA. Of course, the rest of the decoration is then coordinated with the orange and rust red of the pumpkins and complemented with hearty black so that the pleasant shiver is not neglected.

Pumpkins can be hollowed out and then given carved faces. And you can prepare many delicious autumnal dishes from the inside.

This is how the pumpkin decoration works

In order to have as free a hand as possible when carving the pumpkin, it should be nice and big - and also ripe enough. Just like with melons, you can tell the level of ripeness by gently tapping them. If it sounds hollow, the pumpkin is ripe and ready for carving. Before carving, you should draw the contours that you want to cut out on the pumpkin with a felt-tip pen. The base of the stem can then be cut off and the inside removed. With a narrow knife blade you can now cut out the shapes of the pumpkin face and then carefully press it out from the inside out. The lighting can be “installed” either with an LED string of lights or with a candle. However, candles or tea lights should be kept in a mason jar for safety reasons and so that the wind doesn't blow them out. In our Blog you will also find wonderful Halloween costumes that you can make completely yourself.

Pumpkin

Conjure up treats from pumpkin meat

The beauty of pumpkin is that it has a delicate taste - but at the same time is very reserved. That's why you can prepare it in many different ways. Both hearty and spicy dishes as well as sweet treats can be conjured up from pumpkin. The colorful vegetables go wonderfully with goat cheese, but also with honey and can be perfectly rounded off with unusual ingredients such as ginger or allspice.

The following recipes are particularly delicious:

  • Sweet and sour pumpkin chutney
  • Pumpkin jam
  • Pumpkin pie in puff pastry with goat cheese
  • Ravioli with pumpkin filling
  • Pumpkin soup

 

These are just a few examples of the variety of possibilities that this versatile vegetable offers. You can find more great vegetarian dishes, like the scary cucumber snake, in our Blog. And since you can buy pumpkins that have already been cut, those who don't want to decorate for Halloween don't have to go without pumpkin. Smaller varieties, especially the popular Hokkaido, can also be used quite well in single households.

Spooky Snake

The idea of ​​using everything on the pumpkin is not new - appropriately shaped pumpkins were and are used as drinking vessels all over the world. These include varieties whose interior is not necessarily tasty, but which are cultivated because of their durable shell - the so-called calabashes. The large vegetable is therefore very sustainable and has been with people for a long time - not just at Halloween.

With this blog post, we at NIKIN want to go a little beyond our commitment to fighting deforestation and sustainable fashion and give our community ideas about what you can do with the Halloween symbol pumpkin. We wish you good appetite for the possible cool menus! And for everyone who doesn't like Halloween, they can at least enjoy the spooky TV program.

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