By Barbara Pleasant
Because saving and replanting pumpkin seeds is easy and practical, all of the pumpkin varieties listed here are open-pollinated. Learn more about organic pumpkin production in All About Growing Pumpkins.
|Small, with thick flesh and few strings. Good for shorter seasons because fruits continue to ripen as they cure. Pie pumpkins are the best cooking pumpkins.||‘Baby Pam’ (99 days, 4 pounds)
‘New England Pie’ (100 to 105 days, 4 to 6 pounds)
‘Winter Luxury’ (102 days, 5 to 7 pounds)
|These classic pumpkins have thin flesh for easy carving but are not worth much in the kitchen. Carving pumpkins are valued for looks rather than flavor.||‘Casper’ (115 days, 15 pounds)
‘Howden’ (115 days, 20 to 35 pounds)
‘Young’s Beauty’ (100 days, 8 to 12 pounds)
(C. pepo var. styriaca)
|These varieties are grown for their nutritious, hulless seeds, which can be eaten like nuts or pressed to extract their healthful oil.||‘Kakai’ (100 days, 5 to 8 pounds)
‘Lady Godiva’ (100 days, 4 to 6 pounds)
‘Williams’ (110 days, 12 to 15 pounds)
|Flattened, ribbed pumpkins with smooth skin are resistant to squash vine borers. Delicious orange flesh resembles that of closely related butternut squash.||‘Dickinson’ (115 days, 20 to 40 pounds)
‘Fairytale’ (110 days, 15 pounds)
‘Long Island Cheese’ (105 days, 6 to 10 pounds)
|A snap to grow and great fun for kids. Prolific vines often bear heavy crops. Primarily used decoratively.||‘Baby Boo’ (100 days, 3 to 4 ounces)
‘Jack Be Little’ (95 days, 3 to 4 ounces)
‘Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon’ (100 days, 1 to 2 pounds)
|If fruits are thinned and vines are kept well-fed and well-watered, these varieties can produce decorative pumpkins that weigh hundreds of pounds.||‘Atlantic Giant’ (120 days, 50 to 200 pounds)
‘Big Max’ (120 days, 50 to 100 pounds)
|Locate sources for these pumpkin varieties with our custom Seed and Plant Finder.|
Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.
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