Fall is all about harvest here in the North Carolina mountains, and nowhere is that more evident than in my parents' garden.
Candy roasters are a type of heirloom squash and were grown by the Cherokee when European settlers first came to the mountains. They are sweet, not stringy, and *so* much better than pumpkins. In fact, we never eat pumpkin here.
My dad will cut these up into chunks, which my mom will cook in the oven, then puree for pies, tortes, etc.
The bears like them too and tried to get this one when it was much smaller:-) I bet they would LOVE the pies too!
If you live in the southeast, you can probably find candy roasters at your local farmers market. You will find they are definitely worth the hunt when you bite into that first piece of warm "pumpkin pie" made with candy roaster on a home made crust:-)
I'll try to get my mom to do a video showing how she makes her pies along with my grandmother's amazing and perfect pie crust before the holidays get here.
Thanks for stopping by:-)