I have had the WORST time cutting pumpkins here in Malawi. Â They are SO tough. Â I would poke a knife in the top, hammer it in with a meat mallet, and then smack the whole pumpkin on the ground until I could get the knife through. Â Whew. Â Blood, sweat, and tears. Â Then I asked a Malawian friend how she cuts open a pumpkin. Â She said – throw it on the ground. Â Really??â€¦ OK. Â So I tried it.