A pumpkin is a large fruit that is orange or yellow in color. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes.
In the United Kingdom, people often hollow out a pumpkin to make scary faces at Halloween.
When I was a kid, my class went on a field trip to an apple orchard that also had a pumpkin patch, and we learned about how these foods are grown.
Around Halloween, Americans traditionally purchase pumpkins and remove the seeds and the filling. Then, they carve a face or another design into the pumpkin, and place it outside their homes, often with a candle, as a decoration for the holiday. These carved pumpkins are called jack lanterns.
The jack lantern that Jana made was really creative; she carved a silhouette of a man playing a guitar. I can't believe she didn't win first place in the competition.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is walking down the street to see the jack lanterns and all the other Halloween decorations.
A leek is an edible plant with green leaves and a white, slender bulb. It is related to the onion, but has a sweeter taste, and can be prepared in many different ways.
French cuisine has many dishes that use leeks. One of these is Vichyssoise, a potato and leek soup that is often served cold.
The leek is one of the national symbols of Wales. According to Welsh legend, King Cadwaladr of Gwynedd had his soldiers wear the vegetable on their helmets during a battle with the Saxons.
The green onion, also known as a scallion, is similar to the leek, having green leaves and a white, slender bulb. However, leeks have a smoother flavor, and can be braised, baked, or sauteed, while the green onion has a stronger flavor and becomes slimy if cooked for more than just a short time.
Persian jews have a Passover tradition in which they strike each other with scallions to symbolize the whipping that ancient Israelites endured.
Both the leaves and the bulbs of green onions are edible. The greens are often used to top dishes like salads and baked potatoes, and the bulbs can be used instead of yellow onions.