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Pumpkins at the French Market, New Orleans

Just as ‘owls’ in French can be either chouettes or hiboux (the hiboux have the tufts that look like ears) and ‘chestnuts’ can be either marrons or châtaignes, a pumpkin can be either a citrouille or a potiron.

There is actually a difference: a citrouille is round on the bottom (a potiron is flat) and according to some, better in pies (people in northern France like a savoury tarte à la citrouille, with onions).

There are also mini citrouilles called Jack-Be-Little, which people like to stuff and bake.

mélange d’épices à citrouille: a mix of pumpkin spices


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Infrogmation of New Orleans