Pumpkin on a stick

 Here is something new on the farm this year; Solanum integrifolium (the eggplant family) is an ornamental fruit that grows “mini pumpkins” on each stem.  They look great in fall arrangements and are a real conversation piece.
          The fruit are edible, albeit bitter, and used in Asian cooking.  Also known as Hmong Eggplant.  As they dry, they turn from a scarlet orange to a pumpkin orange.
          Other natural fall decorations at the farm include Chinese lanterns, dried grasses and flowers, corn stalks, broom corn, gourds and pumpkins.  Combine these with beautiful mums, asters and kales and your fall dooryard is complete.

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