Have you heard of pumpkin trees? I had not until I went to Trader Joe’s this morning. Apparently the cashier thought these were old news because when I shared my excitement with him, he flatly replied “we have these every year.” Ok, then. Sorry about that. We’ll chalk it up to being 9 in the morning, maybe?
Another Trader Joe’s employee that I talked to was a little more helpful and shared my enthusiasm. He told me that pumpkin trees are not pumpkins at all, but rather a relative of the eggplant. Go figure. He stressed that these should not be eaten, though a little Googling suggests that these are used in stir fry in Southeast Asia. Eat at your own risk, I suppose. They’ll last a few weeks, and the stems should be trimmed every 3-4 days.
I think they’re so fun to add a festive touch to an autumn centerpiece for a dinner party. They look great on their own, but these could definitely work as an accent in an arrangement, too.
Have you ever seen used these fun little guys? If so, how did you use them?