Pumpkin season hits Edina, Minnesota with a gale force wave of pumpkin-orange food and drink. The pumpkin madness is everywhere — pumpkin carving, baking, eating, drinking, decorating and all-around celebrating.
If you are not careful, you might even step in it. Like falling leaves, pumpkins are big part of autumn.
The Edina Eater could not help but to take note at the new Trader Joe’s which, opened earlier in October at Hwy. 494 and France Avenue. Trader Joe’s is the epicenter for all things pumpkin. The selection of pumpkin foods and beverages is almost overwhelming. From savory to sweet and everything in between, pumpkins are the featured ingredient of many foods and drinks, including:
Sweet: Most pumpkin derivatives lean toward the side of sweet indulgence. Pumpkin melds well into sugary adaptations.
- Pumpkin macaroons, the French have adopted our pumpkin ways
- Pumpkin ice cream, when it is time to chill out with pumpkin
- Pumpkin cheesecake
- Pumpkin spice cake
- Pumpkin chocolate mousse cake
- Pumpkin cream cheese
- Pumpkin pancake and waffle mix
- Pumpkin spice granola
- Pumpkin cereal bars, dubbed when a pumpkin walks into a bar
- Pumpkin butter
Savory: With the inclusion of just a few savory items, it is possible to make a full course pumpkin-themed meal. Pumpkins are fiber-rich power houses of Vitamin A and also contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
- Pumpkin ravioli, even entrees are not immune from the pumpkin fervor
- Pumpkin soup, could serve as an appetizer or entree
Miscellaneous category: When pumpkin cravings hit, why be limited to the ordinary? You can have your pumpkin and drink it too. Dogs never want to be left out of family celebrations and pumpkin season is no exception.
- Pumpkin spice coffee
- Pumpkin spice rooibos tea, really?
- Pumpkin spice chai, when regular chai is not enough on the pumpkin side
- Pumpkin flavored dog treats, not a big hit with my dog; but canine behavior is another subject
- Pumpkin on a stick, so Minnesotan — vase-sized branches with little pumpkins instead of flowers. How did we miss this one at the Minnesota State Fair? Labor Day is too early to think pumpkin.
Homemade Pumpkin Foods
With good-old canned pumpkin, it is possible to make a home rendition of many of the above items. Indeed, there is some pumpkin pressure building on the Edina Eater’s home front to bake at least one batch of pumpkin cookies, a traditional treat for this leafy time of year. Pumpkin cookies are a seasonal request.
Even more pumpkin baking looms over the horizon. What would Thanksgiving be without a spicy slice of homemade pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream? There is always room for dessert!
Other Pumpkin Preferences
Another seasonal favorite for the Edina Eater is pumpkin spice kefir. Lunds & Byerly’s sells a cultured milk smoothie from Lifeway, which combines a concentrate of healthy nutrition and that seasonally irresistible pumpkin flavor in one tidy bottle.
A Bounty of Pumpkin Possibilities
Pumpkins have taken over my kitchen, house and yard. This time of year my eyes are blinded by orange. I dream of pumpkins with visions of pumpkins dancing in my head. No worries or Freudian pumpkin analysis session needed. This will pass soon enough and transform into the Christmas season when Edina turns red and green. For now, it is best to revel in the glory and the bounties of the season. Now for a pumpkin treat!
Happy pumpkin season and happy Halloween!
The Edina Eater