here's the verdict on the mini pumpkins.
There's not a lot of flesh inside and what there is, is quite stringy once cooked, so I wouldn't recommend eating them.
I'd say they were bred to be hollowed out and carved as mini jack'o'lanterns.
I thought as much when I bought them, my opinion being based purely on their shape, but at least now I know for certain.
The question now is:
what to do with the one and a half pumpkins I have left?
Do birds eat pumpkin?
Can I carve it up into bits and put them in the garden for the birds?
Would the lizards enjoy nibbling on them?
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