I got a big pumpkin to carve for halloween and didn’t get around to it so I decided to carve it today. It’s been YEARS since I carved one. I took the guts out and then started scraping the sides with a spoon to get the loose soggy bits off. I dug the spoon in a little and pulled back, and it started to sort of come off as a sheet. So I just reached in and grabbed it and pulled, and out came a long sheet of fibers from around the inside that looked like spaghetti! I started to do it again with the spoon and found the entire pumpkin itself is made of stacked fibers running horizontally like spaghetti.
I had a pie pumpkin last week and it wasn’t like this at all, it was pretty much solid when I cut it, like butternut squash. But I’ve had spaghetti squash before so I know some squashes are like this inside. I pulled a “noodle” off and tried it, and it tastes fine. Very very mild pumpkin flavour. The ones closest to the inside (where the guts are) seem to be the tenderest…further in (towards the skin) seems starchier and much crunchier, kinda styrofoamish.
My question is, do you think there’s any problem with eating this? I mean c’mon, PERFECT raw spaghetti already made! I figure I could dehydrate the wetter ones a little, then maybe soak the drier inside ones a little and dehydrate for tenderness. I mean, is there any difference really in the edibility of small pie pumpkins vs the big ones we make jack o lanterns out of?
If this is perfectly edible I’ll be so excited, as the big carving pumpkins are all on clearance sale now for like $2! And that’s a crap ton of noodles in one of those big pumpkins!