bitter pumpkin

How can I avoid bitterness in pumpkin. Tried to make pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin pulp but the pumpkin was bitter after baking.

Debbie Moffitt


SMSF November 21, 2012
I think the issue may be the type of pumpkin you used. For those who want to use fresh pumpkin vs. canned puree, here's an interesting exploration of what kinds of squash work best:
Debbie M. November 22, 2012
The link is very helpful. Thanks.
Panfusine November 21, 2012
Wonder if this bitterness is related to what happens with some cucumbers and snake gourd melons..The odd ones end up being bitterly inedible.
Merrill S. November 21, 2012
Not sure I've ever had this happen before -- what kind of pumpkin were you using? And what temp did you bake at?
Debbie M. November 22, 2012
I used a "sugar pumpkin" from whole foods and baked it at 350 degrees. Could it have been mislabeled or green?
m73 December 6, 2022
The same thing happened to me. I baked a sugar pumpkin from whole foods and it was bitter after I baked it. I've been baking pumpkins all season and this is the first time it was bitter after baking
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