What is a Peanut Pumpkin?

What is a Peanut Pumpkin?

Don't judge this squash (also known as a galeux d'eysines pumpkin) by the way it looks.

The peanut pumpkin is making waves this year for a variety of reasons.

First, it stands out from the crowd!

You can hardly miss this cute, unusual-looking pumpkin at the farm stand.

Its pale pink flesh and warty texture, which looks like peanut shells, set it apart from the other squash in the pile.

At first you might think that the peanut pumpkin is a bit homely, but after learning more about it we're sure that you'll begin to see its charm.

So, what are the "peanuts," anyway?

We love the answer to this question!

The warty growths on a peanut pumpkin are actually excess sugar that bubbles up as the pumpkin grows.

Peanut pumpkins are higher in sugar than many other squash varieties, making them great for cooking and eating.

Peanut pumpkin

How should I cook a peanut pumpkin?

The flesh of peanut pumpkins can be used in many different recipes, just like pie pumpkins or Cinderella pumpkins.

One easy way to cook your peanut pumpkin is by simply cutting it into large chunks and roasting it. No need to peel! Once the pumpkin has roasted, you can easily scoop out the cooked flesh from the peel.

Watch this video to see how chef Lisa Murphy roasts her peanut pumpkin for use in a yummy squash soup.

Peanut Pumpkin Recipes

Roasted peanut pumpkin is delicious in all kinds of dishes. Try making any of your favorite pumpkin recipes using roasted peanut pumpkin or peanut pumpkin puree. You'll notice a slightly sweeter, and absolutely delicious, flavor.

You can learn how to make your own pumpkin puree here!

These are some of our favorite pumpkin recipes on RecipeLion. Try any of them with peanut pumpkin, and you will be in heaven.

Maple Frosted Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake
Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake

Maple Frosted Pumpkin Cake

Other Peanut Pumpkin Facts

  1. The peanut pumpkin is also known as Galeux d’Eysine. The French name translates to "embroidered with warts from Eysine."
  2. The peanut pumpkin is a French heirloom squash variety. It originated in the Bordeaux region of France around 200 years ago.
  3. Peanut pumpkins weigh an average of 10-20 pounds.
Hear more fun facts from the folks at Royal Oak Farm. RecipeLion took a field trip to visit them and learn all about the peanut pumpkin. Check it out in the video below!

Have you ever eaten peanut pumpkin? Let us know in the comments!

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