questionsthe essence of fall: pumpkin vs. apples - can you…

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Apples.

Apple pie. Only communists would disagree.

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Definitely apples.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Apple pie, apple crisp, apple tunovers, apple dumplings, apple cider, apples eaten raw, apple sauce, cinnamon apples, fried apples, dried apples...the list goes on an on.

Pumpkin gets made into pies, carved into jack o lanterns and occasionally eaten baked. No contest.

Plus, I'm allergic to pumpkin.

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Pumpkin.

Apples are available year-round and are no longer largely a "fall" fruit. Pumpkin on the other hand, is only around for a very limited time every fall season.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin butter, pumpkin beer!, pumpkin ice cream & gelatos, pumpkin risotto and ravioli, roasted pumpkin.

Pumpkin, the bacon of vegetables!

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I can't choose between the two, they are both great.

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Apples win via variety (as mentioned above) and also enjoyment to pick. It's fun to go to the orchard and climb the trees while the owner isn't looking. It's just a pain to pick a pumpkin.

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Pumpkin for pie

Apple for cider

Sure you can make pie out of apples but pumpkin pie is just so FALL. And pumpkin cider... just don't ask.

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Pumpkins! You can't carve an apple.

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@90mcg112: YES. The argument that apples are no longer really a seasonal item (certainly not like pumpkins are) is definitely the most winning in my eyes.

PUMPKIN.

Especially during fall/winter, apple scents (candles and such) always come with overbearing cinnamon. Blech. I'm probably extra biased against this as apple cinnamon is my husband's most favorite scent.

Regardless of any other arguments...PUMPKIN.

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Going to have to say apples, but I love pumpkins as well. Love cider and apple pies in the fall, but pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins are pretty awesome. And now I'm hungry.

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pumpkin, for all the reasons that @90mcg112 gave. plus video footage of feeding apples to zoo animals isn't nearly as interesting.

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Both, Apple and pumpkin pie are Awesone. although I do like my seasonal Fall Pumpkin ales.

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@barkwoot: I'm not entirely sure about that -

And then there's this

I get the how, I'm just not sure of the why.

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For the win, I present to you - Flaming Pumpkin Catapult.

Not nearly as fun with apples, wouldn't you agree? ;-)

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@90mcg112: Basically word for word what I was going to say

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Pumpkin!! Maria Callander (sp?) has the BEST pumpkin pie.

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Snacks for work....Apple slices? Awesome! Pumpkin slices? Ummmmmmmm, not so much. Sorry, but apples get my vote along with biscuits and gravy.

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@inkycatz: Yah, but, but, there's no candle inside? Yah, that's it...

I guess I need to amend my original statement. [i]I can't carve an apple.[/i]

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@jsimsace: What about pumpkin seeds for a snack?

BTW, any of you that may have chimed in on the Agony Foods thread, I've found a recipe for wonderful gluten free, sugar free (uses honey) pumpkin doughnuts if any one wants the link.

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Seeing how I LOVE PIE, this is a hard one.......I love Pumkin Pie maybe a little more than Apple Pie.
So I'll take Pumkin over Apple.

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Cinnamon (all about choosing the other option)...put some in my cider and sprinkle liberally in my apple pie and mood: Autumn arrives.

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Pumpkins for cooking possibilities.

But you have more fun going apple picking and eating fresh apple cider donuts while drinking cider on a crisp fall day. Then you get to figure out what to make with all of your apples!

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@thumperchick: Here ya go! http://paleoperfectly.blogspot.com/2011/08/paleo-pumpkin-spice-donuts.html

Elana's Pantry has some pretty great recipes for any one following special diets or for anyone who is looking to cut out wheat & corn flour. Her cracker recipes are pretty darned good. http://www.elanaspantry.com/

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@lavikinga I'm so glad I read through this question because of you! My husband's been GF for maybe 4 months now, and is missing his favorite seasonal treats.

As for the question, I'm with the pumpkins. Carving, pies, bread, cookies, and you just can't find them year-round like apples. Now I want to see if I can dig up the pictures of the kiddo going at his first Halloween pumpkin with the finger paints in a trash bag poncho.

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@barkwoot: I'm willing to stand with you on the "can't put a candle inside of an apple" (unless perhaps you use a tealight and then you're just getting ridiculous because at that point you're basically carving an apple like a pumpkin, and if you're going to do something like a pumpkin you may as well just use a pumpkin, right?)

@lavikinga: Thanks for the GF options, seriously! I will make sure my GF pals get to see that.

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@elandria: I've been trying to cut back/out my consumption of wheat and corn for the last few years and have missed baked goods, crackers, etc. Elana's Pantry has some wonderful recipes.
I've also discovered a really tasty recipe for banana nut bread that is pretty darned close to look & taste of regular. Almond flour (buy it at Honeyville.com) works wonders.

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@lavikinga: Thanks for the recipe link (I love paleo recipes, so easy to make for raw foodie friends and to alter for low-carb!). Also, thanks a TON for the honeyville link - I've been paying $36 for 4lbs of almond meal and these guys have it for $29.99/5lb bag with $4.49 shipping. I have a new love. You rock.

ETA: I just found some Honeyville products on Amazon for the same price, but they qualify for Prime free shipping. Double Score.

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@thumperchick: FINALLY Amazon has the almond meal back in stock?! It's about time. :)
I bit the bullet and decided to save some money & bought 25 lbs of the fine blanched almond meal. It's so much nicer than Bob's Red Mill. I really thought I knew how much that was...like five 5lb bags of wheat flour, right? That won't take up a lot of space in the chest freezer, will it...
It arrived in a box so big I couldn't wrap my arms around it AND it's all in one big blue plastic bag, semi sealed. I vac-sealed it in smaller bags, but it is still an amazing amount in total. I'm set for the rest of the year.