Mychelle's Incredible Pumpkin Peel ($21.35) got me thinking.... About Americans and Halloween, that there's is more to pumpkin than disgustingly sweet pies and lamps, and that pumpkin wine is surely an oxymoron.

The English don't go in for Halloween that much. We are too busy preparing for November 5th when we burn effigies of an unfortunate bloke who failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder (he wasn't actually burned for his treasonable act, but subjected to the quaint practice of hanging, drawing and quartering, which is best left unexplained). Anyway, this means that before coming to live in America, I hadn't witnessed the spectacle of supermarkets and stores piled high with pumpkins the size of small planets.

Mychelle's Pumpkin Peel includes pumpkin wine. Why anyone would try to make wine from pumpkin is beyond me. Pumpkins contain starch, which is a lot (hundreds or thousands) of sugar molecules stuck together. These molecules fit together in a tight compact mass, making raw pumpkin flesh hard and unpalatable. After cooking and mashing, you get, as a result of the starch, something which is cloudy - a no no for any self respecting wine maker.

As well as starch, pumpkins are full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.

Pumpkin enzymes break down the outer layers of the skin, leaving it looking fresher and feeling softer by digesting the dead skin and decongesting pores.

As always with Mychelle products there are no harmful preservatives or chemical irritants to worry about.

Ingredients in Mychelle Pumpkin Peel

Super Concentrated Pumpkin Extract, Pumpkin Wine, Pumpkin Enzymes, Honey Enzymes, Pineapple Extract, Essential Oil of Orange and Vanilla, D-beta Fructan.