Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Back in the UK, if there were piles of pumpkins heaped around a conurbation, they would have been stolen, used as footballs or driven over. The mounds would have been destroyed or am I being unkind? Not so in rural France! Displays of giant pumpkins and twisted gourds are found in many villages in autumn. The vegetable has many merits and is honoured by it's own fete in Tranzault. Here, the centrepiece on the main square was the collection of obese pumpkins. Friends inform us that this group have been on the slimfast plan this year and were not of the same impressive form as the oversized offerings of last year. Despite this, the pumpkins were transported by pallet, tractors and forklift truck!
A whole fete given over to pumpkins? I had a concern that there wouldn't be enough to fill a fete and that many of the stalls would be unrelated to pumpkins. I was wrong. There are things that I'd never imagined that one could do with a pumpkin! From kitchen utensils to wind instruments.
The local breed of gourd is sucrine de berry. A delicious flesh that is great roasted giving a chewy crispy outer and a soft centre. Ideal for the basis of lasagne. Also used with flour for moist tasty breads; we're not sure how but the loaf Laura bought was gorgeous. We bought a small sucrine de berry and the seeds have been saved as a reminder of the pumpkin fete.