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October 10, 2017

Fantastic Pumpkin Varieties

There are countless varieties of pumpkins and winter squash in this big, beautiful world.

There are countless varieties of pumpkins and winter squash in this big, beautiful world. Here are just a few of the varieties we have this season at Sunnyside Gardens. Most can be used for much more than just decorating.

American Tondo – This is a very beautiful pumpkin variety with green and yellow stripes. The flesh is similar in flavor to a butternut squash.

Lumina – With a thin skin and orange flesh, the white Lumina pumpkin makes a striking, and easy to carve, jack o’lantern. They are also wonderful for pie.

Cinderella – The Rouge vif d’Etampes is a French heirloom commonly known as a Cinderella pumpkin, as it resembles Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. With a soft, custard-like flesh, they are a superior dessert pumpkin.

Cushaw – The long-necked Yellow Cushaw has a sweet, light orange flesh. Loved in the Southern United States for eating, they make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.

Long Island Cheese –  With its coloring and flattened shape, the American heirloom Long Island Cheese pumpkin looks just like a wheel of cheese. The flesh, however, is sweeter, making it better for pie than for savory dishes.

Knucklehead – These lumpy, bumpy, warty pumpkins make the creepiest of jack o’lanterns. The skin can be quite tough, however, so carving these should be left to those with a steady hand.

Blue Jarrahdale – A stunner of a pumpkin with its slate greenish blue color. Very difficult to cut, the Australian Blue Jarrahdale work best in an autumn display with other pumpkins and gourds.

 

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