I see them all around Abilene. Pumpkins. They're a part of the fall season. Sure, they look great carved up as jack-o-lanterns or decorating your front doorstep, but then what?

Believe it or not, pumpkins have more uses than you think. Especially when it comes to recipes. But before you run off to bake some treats, know that the type of pumpkin you use is important. According to McCormick there is a difference between carving pumpkins and pie pumpkins. Carving pumpkins are great for decoration but not so good for taste. Pie pumpkins are smaller in size and have sweeter flesh, which makes for better baking and roasting.

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Now that your pumpkin is picked, it's time to put it to use. Scroll along as we take a look at some of the best pumpkin recipes and treats.


Homemade Roasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds with Chili and Paprika
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is my personal favorite. I can munch on pumpkin seeds for days. Up for debate is whether you should eat the outer shell or not. Do you? Check out this delicious recipe for roasted seeds.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

You'll love how easy this recipe is, with all its flavors of fall. Plus it's a crowd-pleaser. I love the deep-dish-style pumpkin filling made from real pumpkins.

Homemade Delicious Pumpkin Pie
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Easy Pumpkin Pie

It's a classic and it's delicious. The name says it all. This one is easy to make. Give it a try for yourself.

Pumpkin-Pecan Slab Pie

How about this one? Two classic pies mixed into one. It's sure to please any crowd. This is a recipe you'll want to save.

Salted-Caramel Pumpkin Pie Crescents

This is a great twist on a classic taste. Dazzle your guests this year with this original recipe, complete with a salted caramel drizzle.

Pumpkins are more than just ornamental. They're a delicious part of the holiday season. From coffee to desserts, it's hard to escape that taste this time of year. So before you let your pumpkin sit and rot, consider the tasty possibilities. The flavors of fall await you.

There's definitely more to the pumpkin than meets the eye. Check below for even more fascinating facts you may not know.

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Pumpkins

It is about to be pumpkin season! Do you know these interesting facts about the glorious gourds of Fall?

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