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Apple vs Pumpkin Pies: a battle of fall classics

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Brandon Ruge and Caleb Collard share their views on apples and pumpkins. Interview by Nicholas Tracy and Danny Keene

Let’s get lost in the apple sauce

The fall season is underway, dishes made of pumpkin and apple are beginning to take over. Pies, donuts, muffins, scones and other delicacies stock the shelves. Although apples and pumpkins are both loved, it is clear there is one top dog.

Although you cannot experience the joy of carving an apple, I would like to see someone bite into a pumpkin covered in caramel and fail to be disgusted at the vile taste and texture. Pumpkins are clearly not for eating, unless sugar and many other substances have been added to them.

Biting into a crisp apple is one of the best feelings a human can experience. The juiciness, taste, and texture of a good apple can not be beat. Not only can apples be eaten by themselves, but putting them into a pie or crisp makes an enticing dessert.

Picking apples is also much more fun and easier than getting pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. For one, the weather is much nicer during peak apple season, and choosing pumpkins can be a dangerous activity. Picking up a pumpkin wrong can cause serious injury, such as a hernia, which can leave a family member disabled for weeks. Apple picking, on the other hand is very safe and fun for the whole family; kids can pick apples from the bottom of the tree and eat them on the spot without risking injury.

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Not only can you risk hernias from picking up large pumpkins, there are also many risks in carving a pumpkin. According to ABC News, there are over 3500 pumpkin carving related injuries each year. One slip of a knife can lacerate a tendon or nerve, requiring surgical procedures to recover.

On a cold fall day there is nothing better than a warm glazed apple donut with apple cider. Name a more iconic duo than an apple glazed donut and apple cider–they compliment each other better than pumpkin treats ever could. Apple cider really separates apples from pumpkins, because pumpkins have no refreshing drink counterpart.

Apples are one of the most versatile fruits known to man. Apples can be eaten off the tree, covered in caramel, made into applesauce, juice or cider, put into pies, crisps, dumplings,and countless other recipes, and they have apple bottom jeans named after them. Pumpkin bottom jeans just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Apple’s even have one of the most successful technology brands in the world named after them, you won’t here someone talking about the newest pumpkin products because it is not very marketable.

Overall the looks, taste, marketability, and versatility of apples makes them clearly superior to the measly pumpkin.  

By Nicholas Tracy

An Apple Pie recipe for anyone that is interested in making the delicious desert

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg white


Pumpkins squash apples…really

Nothing brings a family together more than an awkward pumpkin carving session. The joy that comes from when your little brother throws the slimy insides of a pumpkin at your dad is simply phenomenal. Pumpkins are fun for the whole family and are much more versatile than your typical apple.

The Average Joe may think that apples are more useful than a pumpkin. What buffoons. Pumpkins can be carved and made into the finest pies. You can  even eat their seeds.

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Those who carve apples are arguably among the worst humans on Earth. Nobody does that. But you know what’s an ageless phenomenon? Carving pumpkins. Whether you carve the perfect face on your pumpkin or just the classic triangular eyes and nose with a toothy smile, it’s just a great activity.

Pumpkins are a seasonal treat. You can get any old apple at any point in time, but pumpkins are special. This makes going to the pumpkin patch much more fun for the family.

Apple picking can be a very difficult and dangerous task. For example–you’re out apple picking, and you see that one glorious apple, but it’s on the top of the tree. So, what are you going to do? You’re going to go get a ladder and try to reach that apple.

Instead of having a nice day at the apple orchard, you are having an awful one shelling out tons of money in the ER, al because you decided to try apple picking instead of the safe, family friendly activity of going to the pumpkin patch.

While carving a pumpkin, many American families will save the seeds that they scoop out of the center of the pumpkin. Roasting these seeds taste great, you can eat them plain or add them to dishes to add a little seasonal spice to it. While pumpkin seeds taste great, they also present great health benefits. According to livestrong.com pumpkin seeds are “low-calorie, high-nutritive snacks and can help improve various physical conditions including prostate and bladder problems, as well as depression.” Pumpkin seeds are a healthy option that helps you prevent diseases down the road.

Pumpkin spice makes and everything nice. Pumpkins add an extra seasonal spice. When you think of fall, the spice of pumpkins come to mind. This is not true for apples, supermarkets sell low quality apples year round. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread. All of these are great choices that are much better than any old plain apple.

By Danny Keene

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.)  LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.)  NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1  unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.



My name is Nicholas Tracy, I am a sophomore. I play soccer on the Varsity soccer team here at Gull Lake.


  1. Anderson

    First of all I would like to say fantastic blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and
    clear your head before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting
    my thoughts out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Appreciate it!

    • Nicholas Tracy

      I usually just try to focus on an opening sentence that starts off the article well and then continue the process from there. I don’t go through any particular process for clearing my head.


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