So many varieties!
I’ve been confused about when a squash is a “pumpkin”? I’ve read that a pumpkin is, by definition, a round orange winter squash. But shape can vary from tall to fat. And in addition to orange, but they can be green, white, red, yellow or blue-gray. Usually smooth, they can also be heavily ribbed or knobby. A very technical explanation I read is that pumpkins have stems that are more rigid, pricklier, and squarer than squash. It seems its more a tradition whether a particular winter squash is called a pumpkin.
The Jarrahdale seeds were sent to me to try by Botanical Interests and they were fantastic in the garden. I got three nice big pumpkins from two plants. The vines are about the biggest I’ve ever seen and they scrambled all over my garden fences. The variety is from the town of Jarrahdale in New Zealand – a cross between Blue Hubbard squash and huge red Cinderella pumpkin. Its nearly identical to ‘Queensland Blue’, the variety that Barbara Kingsolver made into Thanksgiving pumpkin soup in Animal Vegetable Miracle. I’ve read that the thick flesh is orange, medium sweet and absolutely delicious! It smells almost like a cantaloupe when opened! I’m looking forward to making something special from mine for Thanksgiving! I have a nice pumpkin soup recipe.
I like growing Baby Pam for cooking. They have small vines and produce lots of pumpkins, each the perfect size for a single recipe.
The Big Rock are nice for carving. For the past two years, I’ve gotten one 10-15 lb pumpkin per plant.
I’m thinking about pumpkins to grow next year. Long Island Cheese and Cinderella ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ look like fun. I photographed them at the Topsfield Fair this year. Chiot’s Run has a nice post on the Cinderella here.
My brother-in-law sent me these photos of the knobby green pumpkins in his garden in Spain. Wow! That’s a great variety. I asked him what it is and he said, “I don’t know its just the pumpkin that’s grown around here”. Today he emailed and said its commonly called Calabaza RoteÑa. He says it tastes great. This would be fun to grow.