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Where can I buy a seven-pound fresh orange pumpkin in December?

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missyp Dec 17, 2009 09:46 PM

I have an urge to make this strange -- and supposedly delicious -- baked pumpkin with cheese fondue dish from Gourmet for a party this Saturday: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/...

Anyone know where I can buy a pumpkin this time of year?

Anywhere near Silver Lake, Santa Monica and/or Torrance (all places I'll be in the next two days) is doable.

TIA.

  1. westsidegal Dec 17, 2009 09:51 PM

    i don't have an answer for you, but wanted to make sure you knew that only some varieties of pumpkins are good for eating.
    the type that is normally distributed around halloween is not that good for eating.
    others on this board and on the home cooking board will be able to give you more info.

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      missyp Dec 17, 2009 10:11 PM

      Thanks, I did know that. I'm looking for a large pie pumpkin, like a sugar pumpkin or winter luxury pumpkin, etc. I definitely want one that's good for eating, not for carving!

      I think any kind of large, round (edible) winter squash would do too.

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        bad nono Dec 18, 2009 12:04 PM

        Early last week I got a large slice of pumpkin at a Korean market, and I'm pretty sure they had whole large pumpkins as well. It was at the Galleria maket in Koreatown. Now I'm not super good at differentiating pumpkin/squash botanical specimens, but it was definitively orange and looked like pumpkin and tasted like it when I roasted it.

        1. re: missyp
          Servorg Dec 18, 2009 12:26 PM

          Marina Farms on Centinela near the Marina Freeway (and Mariscos Chente is 5 minutes away if you have never been) has fresh "eating" pumpkins available right now.

          Marina Farms
          5454 S Centinela Ave
          Los Angeles, CA 90066
          (310) 827-3049

      2. JEN10 Dec 18, 2009 05:22 AM

        Have you checked the farmers markets?

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          chez cherie Dec 18, 2009 06:26 AM

          i did a pumpkin search a few weeks ago, and came up empty. but wouldn't a kabocha squash work? those are pretty easy to come by, even at regular grocery stores. i also saw something labeled "spanish pumpkin" at the super king in altadena a few days ago. looked like a cheese or cinderella pumpkin to me. (after i stopped looking for pie pumpkins!)

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            Akitist Dec 18, 2009 12:34 PM

            Kabocha are usually a bit smaller than 7 pounds, but maybe 2 at 3.5 lbs would work. They are also fairly sweet. (Used in pumpkin pie you need to cut back on the sugar by half.)

            I've also read that canned pumpkin is in reality Hubbard squash, so maybe one of those would be an alternative.

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            missyp Dec 20, 2009 08:34 PM

            Unfortunately, I ended up not having time to search for a pumpkin and thus couldn't make the dish for a Saturday night party. In case anyone else is searching, however, this morning I did see see a variety of large pumpkins at A-Grocery Warehouse on Sunset in Echo Park.

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