David Richter with the Dulles Farmer's Market says the Creole pumpkin calls to mind the Creole tomato. "It's a marketing thing," he says. "The Creole tomato is grown by the Creole Tomato Association. It isn't really Creole. There are a jillion different varieties of pumpkin. There's one [variety] that people call Creole, and it's not a deep orange and it's not shaped like a jack-o-lantern."
At The Fruit Stand in Breaux Bridge, Creole pumpkins line a green bin, next to the orange ones. Owner Floyd Foti used to buy them from a man in Maringouin, who has since passed away. This year he got nearly 500 Creole pumpkins from a farmer in the Breaux Bridge/Cecilia area. They sell for about $3.99 each. "I'm one of the last that handles them," says Foti. "They probably originated around the Thibodaux/Houma area, because that's where the majority of them are still located. That's one of the last places where you can see them on the side of the road. There's not that many left ' it's an old seed." Foti says he's familiar with the name "Creole pumpkin" but prefers to call them "old-fashioned" or "pink" pumpkins. "They're pale yellow," he says. "They're not orange at all."
Because of their oblong shapes, Creole pumpkins aren't ideal for carving. They're better suited for cooking and have twice the shelf life of regular pumpkins. "I'd say about 85 percent are used for cooking, and the other 15 percent are used for decoration," says Foti. While Creole pumpkins may be harder to find, Foti says folks in the rural areas around Houma, like Raceland and Thibodaux, still celebrate Halloween with Creole pumpkins. And the old folks there are the ones who know its secret. Says Foti, "Generations past, that's all they cook with, those Creole pumpkins."
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
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Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thursday’s explosion aboard an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is now under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
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Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Four hours after inviting supporters to a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, Bill Cassidy claimed that Mary Landrieu “voted against stopping executive amnesty.”
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
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Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
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The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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