When I visited Detroit a couple months ago, I could not get enough of Eastern Market. The stalls of beautiful produce, organically and locally grown, were amongst the most colorful sights I have seen in my travels.

Several vendors boasted pumpkins like the one shown here. The pumpkin is one of the most under-appreciated and wasted vegetables. Deserving more than just butchery for a jack-o-lantern, the pumpkin is great for its seeds, sweet flesh and its use as a cooking vessel for rich stews. If you have an opportunity to savor one of the fine pumpkins like the ones shown here, don’t pass them up.

They can also be a mean base for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, a recipe I will share later in the season.

Part of our in one picture series.

a colorful assortment of Michigan pumpkins

a colorful assortment of Michigan pumpkins

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.