As a fruit, pumpkins have to be among those with the most uses. They can be anywhere from very big to tiny, but there is just something attractive about their hard, orange, creased shells. Not to mention that the inside is delicious when cooked just the right way.
The most beloved uses for pumpkins become obvious right around the beginning of October, when pumpkins are at their ripest stage. Halloween is coming up, so you can carve Jack-O-Lanterns with friends and family.
Additionally, those ripe pumpkins will produce the most delicious pumpkin pies and pumpkin cheesecakes. In fact, you can use pumpkins for all sorts of recipes in preparation for Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving dinner table, by the way, is the perfect place to display gourd-type fruits, such as pumpkins, as a centerpiece.
Pumpkin seeds are a great, healthy, low-calorie snack to have on hand as well. Pumpkin seeds are not only packed with fiber, protein and vitamins, but they are also known to lower cholesterol and strengthen the immune system.
It is probably for these same reasons that veterinarians recommend dogs eat mashed pumpkin when having digestive problems. Not only does it help with these problems, but it also increases a dog's night-vision and health.
Some unconventional yet creative uses for pumpkins include using them as bowls, in which you should cut the pumpkin in half and let it dry out. You can also carve smaller ones out and cut them in half to use as candle holders. If you decide to be really crafty, leather can be made out of pumpkin just like the Native Americans used to do. Or, you can build a birdhouse out of a pumpkin. Whichever use you choose, you're sure to be satisfied with your pumpkin creations.