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."
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seenh on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
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The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."