Thursday, August 30, 2012

Living With The Land: Fluted Pumpkin


   Sometimes friend, I'd rather be ignorant when it comes to some subjects.  Alas, my stupid curiosity gets the better of me again.  
   One of my favorite attractions ever is Living With The Land at Epcot.  Yes, it has its problems.  The "aquaculture" segment with the fish and alligators is pretty primitive and quite frankly gross.  But the greenhouses are so miraculous and well maintained I experience this attraction multiple times just to see them.  These giant glass rooms stir my inner culinary chef.  My mind wanders to all the great things I could make with jackfruit, giant sweet potatoes, or snake gourds!  Oh! And the lovely fluted pumpkin!  I would love to test some recipes on you...if only you were edible.
   Here is where my horrible curiosity disappoints me again.  

Fluted Pumpkin in Living With The Land...


From Fluted Pumpkins wikipedia page:

Telfairia occidentalis is a tropical vine grown in West Africa as a leaf vegetable and for its edible seeds. Common names for the plant include Fluted gourdFluted pumpkin, and Ugu.
The plant is a drought-tolerantdioecious perennial that is usually grown trellised.
The young shoots and leaves of the female plant are the main ingredients of a Nigerian soup, edikang ikong.
The large (up to 5 cm), dark-red seed is rich in fat and protein and can be eaten whole, ground into powder for another kind of soup, or made into a fermented porridge.
The fruit of the plant is large, weighing up to 13 kg, and inedible.

  
   Did you catch that last bit?  The stinking fruit isn't even edible! All of my dreams of cooking that gorgeous and odd pumpkin have been dashed.  Something tells me that they're not even harvesting the seeds for soup. At least we all know without a shadow of a doubt that they use the vegetables grown here for the restaurants around Epcot...oh, whats that? :/

4 comments:

  1. OMG this makes me want to cry!!!

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  2. I heard they were going to be replacing the cheese soup at Le Cellier with fermented gourd seed porridge. Yum!

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    1. Thats the best thing I've ever read in my life...

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