Plump pumpkins are rolling into farmers markets around south Louisiana.

The harbinger of fall, pumpkins are a type of squash that come in an array of sizes and colors. The most familiar pumpkins are round and orange with a ribbed skin and a thick, woody stem.

Native to North America, the whole of the pumpkin is edible, excepting the aforementioned stem and including the leaves and flowers of the plant. The flesh, which generally matches the color of the skin, can be baked into pies, breads, cookies and also makes a smooth, creamy soup. The seeds are edible and can be cleaned, roasted and salted for a snack.

Of course, if you don’t eat them, you can always carve them into Halloween jack-o-lanterns.