Many of us instantly think of big, round, orange fruits when we hear the word "pumpkin." However, there are so many different kinds of pumpkins, gourds and squashes all with unique flavors and uses! Pumpkins grown for carving have been bred to be flat on the bottom and mostly hollow. Because of that, they aren’t typically very good for eating. While the seeds are yummy, people don’t usually eat the flesh because it is bland and watery. All squashes contain vitamin A and C, some of the B vitamins and iron. Below are some of the varieties we carry along with some information about their uses and flavor. Our pumpkins and gourds are pesticide-free.
All Pumpkin and Gourd Varieties:
Baby Bear Pumpkin
Blue Hubbard Squash
Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkin
Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin
Marin Di Chiogga Pumpkin
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin
Red October Pumpkin
Rouge Vif D’Etamps Pumpkin
Popular Varieties with Photos and Information:
Cinderella pumpkins get their name from their shape because they resemble Cinderella’s coach. These heirloom pumpkins aren’t just pretty, they are also edible! They have delicious orange flesh that is great for pies and savory dishes.
Wolf pumpkin are distinct due to their huge handles. They are round, deep orange and great for carving.
Pie pumpkins are small and dense and usually have a medium or dark orange color. They are great for eating because they are sweet and dense unlike carving pumpkins. If you want to make a pumpkin pie, these are your pumpkins! One pumpkin makes 1-2 pies.
They are covered in what looks like peanut shells which are created by the build-up of excess sugars in the flesh. In other words, the more peanuts, the tastier the fruit.
Delicious, yellow fruit that is savory and sweet. Best pureed as a pie filling or mashed. Hubbards have a hard rind so people usually cook it in its skin. You can cut it in half, take the seeds out and bake it until you can pierce it with a fork or you can cook it into casseroles, stews or pies. These squashes do it all!
Jack Be Little Pumpkins and mini pumpkins
Kids love these little pumpkins! They are perfect for displays and decorating. Try drawing faces on them, bowling with them or hollowing them out and stuffing them with food or use them as a planter pot for succulents. No matter what use you find for them, they will be an adorable addition! They come in different colors from dark orange to white.
This pumpkin is wonderfully decorative due to its unusual color. This pumpkin traces its origin to New Zealand. They have mild, slightly sweet, almost fruity, golden-yellow flesh that smells as delicious as it tastes! They are good for displays as they have strong handles and a flat base. These pumpkins are dense and their flesh is rich.