I have had the WORST time cutting pumpkins here in Malawi. They are SO tough. 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. Whew. Blood, sweat, and tears. Then I asked a Malawian friend how she cuts open a pumpkin. She said – throw it on the ground. Really??… OK. So I tried it.