Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Henry David Thoreau
Pumpkins of every sort abound all over our city now. No neighborhood or block is immune. I don't know who the dog or little girl are, they came to watch me take pictures of their house, a nice extra. Pumpkins originated in Central America, and here I had been thinking they were native to our country! They used to be recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. The largest pumpkin ever weighed 1,140 pounds. They are 90% water, and a member of the gourd family, but I still don't like them, I just can't eat them.
"One of the men went out into the field to get some herbs; he came across a wild vine and picked gourds from it, filling his gunnysack. He brought them back, sliced them up, and put them in a stew, even though no one knew what kind of plant it was. The stew was then served up for the men to eat. They started to eat, and then exclaimed, "Death in the pot, O man of God! Death in the pot! Nobody could eat it."
2 Kings 4