Lately some people have been wondering why at Halloween when there is a plethora of pumpkins offered at stores, farm stands and farmer's markets they are mostly the ones that are carved. Those pumpkins are sold as decorative objects and not as food. But they could be used as food.
In our American culture that is how those round orange pumpkins are mostly used for decoration and then discarded. They seem to have been bred to be rather tasteless and watery. Some of the small ones are called Pie Pumpkins. There are so many more varieties of delicious pumpkins or squashes. All are rather beautiful to look at and contemplate.
Many people purchase the cans labeled "pumpkin puree." They contain all sorts of squashes but not those round orange pumpkins used for Halloween. When I make pumpkin pie I generally use Butternut squash that I cut in half and roast.
Recently I found a display of many varieties of pumpkins or squashes in Woodstock along with a chart explaining some of their uses: