By Jackie Overom
Pumpkins come in many beautiful colors and shapes. We all enjoy the “Sugar Pie” pumpkin to decorate, carve and bake with, but you have many other choices. We carry many unusual and unique varieties. Following are a few you may want to try.
Cinderella is a round pumpkin that has relaxed a bit to a shape that resembles Cinderella’s coach. This pumpkin originates from France. Pilgrims in our country served it at the second Thanksgiving dinner. Cinderella’s make wonderful decorations, but are also great in pies with a rich orange flesh.
This pumpkin comes to us from Italy. It is a knobby blue-green with deep grooves in the shell. Being Italian, it loves to be cut in wedges and drizzled with a little olive oil. Season it with salt and herbs and bake at 350 degrees until tender. Mama mia it’s delicious!
This pumpkin is a tropical hybrid from Florida. It is fabulous in soups purees and pies. This pumpkin has subtle orange skin splashed with soft green and tan.
Cute is the best way to describe all three. “Jack-Be-Little” is called the “Toddlers Pumpkin.” It is small (about the size of a tennis ball) and round with ridges. Bright orange and edible too, it will last for months if kept out of direct sunlight. “We-Be-Little” is also small and has very smooth orange skin. This is the perfect little pumpkin to paint. “Baby Boo” is white, ridged, and about the same shape and size as “Jack-Be-Little.” All three of these little treasures make a great display when mixed with gourds and Indian Corn
We will have all of these and more at Pahl’s this year for you to cook and decorate with. Pumpkins can be beautiful and useful, so give a new variety a try.