The new scoop on Jack-o'-lanterns
We may not have the range of American carving pumpkins, but as Halloween approaches (Monday, October 31), a new phenomenon is looking to other food sources of scarily good Jack-o'-lantern creations.
Why not go tropical? Pineapples are fast becoming a popular alternative to the traditional pumpkin.
This prickly fruit, which is taking over home decor, makes a frighteningly good Jack-o'-lantern with its crazy hair and crooked teeth.
To make your own frightful fruit, cut the top off (keeping the leaves), scoop out the flesh and dry it with a towel. Use a knife to cut out your design, add a tea light, and pop the top back on.
Now the New Zealand avocado shortage is over, this palpable fruit is another source suitable for bringing a touch of green to your halloween. All you need is a sharp knife, a creative mind and a ripe avocado.
US homemaking website Brit+Co started the craze and has shared a simple tutorial on how to create these green beasts online.
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For those determined to give the pumpkin another chance, NZ House & Garden's food editor Sally Butters has these tips in dealing with the only breed currently in season, the crown pumpkin.
First, draw in black felt pen your desired face then "attack the thing with a sharp verge knife."
"I retained all my fingers – just. Once I'd gouged out the eyes and mouth I cut a circle off the top and took out all the seeds and soft stuff inside so I could put a tea light candle in there, then replaced the circle lid. It looked good but was a oncer," Butter's says.
US-based company Manic Pumpkin Carvers, who create works of art out of the orange vegetable, say being meticulous about using a very clean, sharp knife when carving as "dull and dirty tools cause bacteria to spread quickly," co-founders Marc Evan and Chris Soria told Architectural Digest.
Evans suggests spraying the pumpkin with diluted lemon juice or white vinegar before and after carving to help control mould and to keep the Jack-o'-lantern preserved.
He also recommends treating it like you would any other pumpkin by wrapping it and popping it in the fridge at night.