Mention candy roaster to a mountain man and his eyes will roll back in his head while he reverently murmurs, “Candy roaster pie!” Native Americans introduced this heirloom squash to the settlers hundreds of years ago, and it became the standby of Fall holidays—no pumpkin pie at a mountain family Thanksgiving! This delicious squash is only found in the Smoky Mountains and it can grow up to 65 pounds. It tastes a little like winter squash, a little like pumpkin but more delicate, and it makes a delectable pie that’s reminiscent of sweet potato pie. When Thanksgiving comes near, watch our menu for this truly rare mountain specialty.
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