You are here: Home Gardening 20 Pumpkins You Should Have Planted This Year 20 Pumpkins You Should Have Planted This Year by Seth Kolloen October 15, 2018, 9:37 am 3 Comments In September you’ll start to see bins full of orange pumpkins at the grocery store. Why settle such a monochrome display? More than 30 different varieties of squash are grown in the U.S. These specialty pumpkins are for decorating, soup, even cutting slices off at eating raw. Find one to grow next year. Black Futsu View this post on Instagram These Black Futsus give me all the October feels… . . . . #fall #itsfall #fallfood #wintersquash #blackfutsu #organic #organicfarming #supportlocal #buylocal #supportsmallbusiness #buysmall #farmlife #squash #heirloomseeds @uprising.seeds A post shared by matthew + giana (@thecrowsfarm) on Oct 2, 2018 at 8:44am PDT A rare Japanese heirloom, know for its changing appearance. It starts out forest green. When it begins to ripen, the bumpy complexion will begin to turn yellow and after that, the squash will start to look moldy-gray. Don’t fret! The strange appearance is a regular process which helps to toughen the squash for long-term storage. After the entire squash looks graying-blue, it is ready to harvest. The size ranges between that of a grapefruit and cantaloupe. On the inside, the squash is bright orange and tastes like a cross between pumpkin and chestnut. The skin is thin and edible. Connecticut Field Pumpkin View this post on Instagram Pumpkin number three #hashbrownnofilter #potager #pumpkin #kitchengarden #connecticutfieldpumpkin A post shared by Sam (@homingpigen) on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:34pm PDT The classic orange pumpkin. Originally grown for its edible seeds. Best for decorating. Takes 100 days to grow. Dickinson Pumpkin Buy Dickinson Pumpkin Seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Great for making pie, soups, canning or freezing. Sweet, bright orange flesh. Easy to grow, takes about 100 days. Tan in color, usually a bit darker than the prototypical orange pumpkin. Can also be used to decorate. OVerall, a better and more useful choice than the Connecticut field pumpkin. Galeux D’ Eysines Squash Buy Galeux D’Eysines seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Winter squash that originated in the Bordeaux region of France. The name means “embroidered with warts.” Traditionally used in soup. The outside is peach and covered with peanut shell-like warts caused by sugar in the skin. Great for pie. 10-15 lbs in size. The flavor is a blend of pumpkin and sweet potato. Jumbo Pink Banana Squash View this post on Instagram Jumbo pink banana squash curing in the fields🍌🌱 #jumbopinkbananasquash #ucd #studentfarm A post shared by UC Davis Student Farm (@ucdstudentfarm) on Oct 12, 2016 at 7:31am PDT Banana squash is a member of the winter squash family. Comes in pink and blue varieties, or hybrid varieties (often labeled as “rainbow”). Can grow up to 40 pounds, however, average size is 10 lbs. Best if paired with: thyme, bay, sage, rosemary, cumin, curry, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Long Island Cheese Pumpkin View this post on Instagram Looking to make a pumpkin pie? Meet our Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, which is one of the oldest varieties cultivated in America! It has the best meat for making pies and other pumpkin desserts. #isomsorchard #pumpkins #pumpkinpie #longislandcheesepumpkin #pumpkinpatch #huntsvilleAL #athensAL A post shared by Isom's Orchard (@isomsorchard) on Oct 18, 2016 at 9:47am PDT Resembles an artisan cheese wheel. If you can’t get to Long Island to buy one, grow it yourself. It grows to 6-10 lbs in weight, takes about 100 days to grow. Has a sweet and meaty flesh that’s great for pie. Ready for harvest when color becomes deep and the stem starts to die off. Mongogo Du Guatemala Squash View this post on Instagram My latest #harvest #mongogoduguatemala A post shared by Andie Oliva (@andie.roh) on Aug 18, 2015 at 6:37am PDT An exotic variety of heirloom squash from Guatemala. It has a round pumpkin-like shape with green and yellow stripes. Related Post: Homestead Stories: Memories Of Carving Pumpkins Grows up to four pounds. Can be used for baking. Makes great decorations. Ready for harvest in 50-60 days. Musquee De Provence Pumpkin View this post on Instagram FIRST PICKS!!! The big one weighs like 20lbs! So much heavier than I expected! #musqueedeprovence #fairytalepumkins #plantlady #gardenlife #🎃 #harvest #fall A post shared by Melissa Wagner (@melissakwagner) on Oct 14, 2018 at 12:27pm PDT Cooking for picky eaters? Cannot go wrong with this pumpkin. From Southern France, it’s ready for harvest when the outside turns from green to orange-brown. The inside is bright orange. Grows to be around 20 lbs. Traditionally cut in slices and eaten raw! It has bright orange flesh with sweet flavor and a light crunch. Rouge Vif D’ Etampes Pumpkin Buy Rouge Vif D’Etampes seeds at Johnny’s Seeds. Originated in central France. Burnt orange and red in color, flat and deeply ribbed. Used as an inspiration for Cinderella’s carriage. Best suited for soups and stews because it’s mild in flavor. Can be used for pies, although you’ll need to add extra sugar because it’s not very sweet. Stringy on the inside. Usually get up to 15 in across as 6 in in height and are about 25lb. Ready in 95-105 days. Yokohama Pumpkin Buy Yokohama pumpkin seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds From Japan. Dark green or tan in color. Outside has a wart The orange-fine grained flesh is dry and sweet. Takes 100 days to mature. Jarrahdale Large View this post on Instagram Bought all the fairytale pumpkins with @ashleynpierce 🍁🍂 A post shared by Mandy (@mandy_p) on Oct 20, 2016 at 1:29pm PDT Blue-green skin on the outside, golden-yellow on the inside. Got its name from a town in New Zealand, Jarrahdale. Can get up between 8 and 10 lbs in weight and 10” in height. The taste is very mild and sweet, sort of like a fruit. Snowball View this post on Instagram As of yesterday…. It's officially FALL! Have you taken the time to fantasize about pumpkins and spiced candles yet? Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of checking out Bayer's Garden Shop on Hampton Avenue in South City St. Louis for the first time– and I am so glad that I did! I usually end up a little rushed, getting whatever pumpkins are available at home improvement stores (or wherever I can find them). Yesterday at Bayer's, they had the most adorable assortment of tiny pumpkins and gourds. I'm going to go back to buy more–(and mums for the front porch!) but I was blown away at how affordable everything was! Have you guys checked out Bayer's on Hampton yet? Where do you usually get your pumpkins? Are you ready to embrace fall or are you holding off until sweater weather? Check out my cute little pumpkins! I'm still trying to decide if I should paint the little orange guys black or gold or modge podge them…. Let me know what you think! #fall #shoplocal #bayersgardenshop #southcity #stl #stlouis #pumpkins #pumpkinseason #falldecor #fallmantle #whitepumpkins A post shared by Gwendolyn Mercer Photography (@gwendolynmercerphotography) on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:14pm PDT Bone white in color and smooth. Grows up to 2-4 lbs and 7” tall. Kakai View this post on Instagram Kakai pumpkins have soft, sweet, plump seeds that can be eaten raw! #kakaipumpkin #heartyforkfarm #sacfarm2fork A post shared by Hearty Fork Farm (@heartyforkfarm) on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:43am PDT Wee-B-Little View this post on Instagram no, @psyewwyland, this is neither an orange nor one of #zenfullyzoey's cute #chubbybabytoes. it's her first #WeeBLittlePumpkin. #iheartkroger #chubbycuteness A post shared by priscilla (@sillycreative) on Oct 1, 2013 at 12:54pm PDT Speckled Hound View this post on Instagram Speckled hound! Nature's masterpiece! #pumpkins #pumpkinpatch #speckledhound #eatit #fall #harvest A post shared by Willow View Farms (@willowviewfarms) on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:49pm PDT Marina Di Chioggia View this post on Instagram Darlin dears… We just harvested & sun cured my favorite squash of all, that I use to beautify our cozy fall home & make delicious meals….Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin…The heirloom sea pumpkin of Chioggia on the coast of Italy. It is one of the most beautiful and unique of all squash. The rich, sweet flesh is a deep yellow-orange and of good quality, delicious baked or in pies. The fruit weigh about 10 lbs. each & they are simply delicious…many soups in the Farm & Fiddle house with these lovelies 💛 they will be in Nashville on the morrow :)💛❤️💙 holler chefs if you just fell in love & need some:) #thefarmandfiddle #marinadichioggia #smallfarmbigheart A post shared by The Farm & Fiddle❤ (@thefarmandfiddle) on Oct 12, 2016 at 6:27pm PDT Baby Bear View this post on Instagram Our #BabyBear #Pumpkins are just beginning to colour up! #nicesurprise #giy #Cavan #Ireland #LoveGardening A post shared by Lisa Duffy (@goodfoodshared) on Sep 3, 2016 at 10:36am PDT Autumn Crown View this post on Instagram Venez déguster notre soupe du jour bio et à emporter chez @greenmarketuzes. Aujourd'hui nous vous proposons: Courge Autumn crown-Carotte-Gingembre-Baies de Timut 4€ / 500ml ————————–/————— Discover our Organic soup of the day at @greenmarketuzes Fresly made and to take away. Soup of the day: Autumn Crown squash- Carrot- Ginger- Timut pepper 4€ / 500ml —————————————– #soup #soupe #greenmarketuzes #epicerievegetalebio #fruitsetlegumes #fruitandvegetables #bio#organic #healthyfood #alimentionsaine #uzes #uzès #pontdugard #nimes #avignon #montpellier #squash #courge #autumncrown #vegan # A post shared by Green Market Uzès (@greenmarketuzes) on Oct 21, 2016 at 5:52am PDT Valenciano View this post on Instagram 🏳⚪Valenciano snow white pumpkin⚬🎃 #lindseysgarden #valencianopumpkin #growyourownfood #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom #whitepumpkins A post shared by @ kawaii.8p on Oct 10, 2016 at 6:40am PDT Hooligan View this post on Instagram #hooliganpumpkins meh! #alloaallotmentassociation #gardenersofinstagram #plottoplate #clackmannanshire A post shared by Craig Hutchinson (@mrallotment) on Oct 14, 2018 at 9:52am PDT Growing Specialty Pumpkins If you’d like to grow some of these varieties yourself, Johnny’s Seeds is a good supplier of specialty pumpkin seeds, so is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. It’s best to grow pumpkins before the frost—they don’t do well in cold weather. Harvesting Specialty Pumpkins Always cut the stem. Never pull at the step or break it off, this will cause the pumpkin to deteriorate faster. The ideal place to cut the stem is cut 2-3 inches away from the body of the pumpkin. Want to see how professionals grow their perfect gourds from seed to sprout? Check out this video, featuring McGrath Brother’s Great Pacific Pumpkins. https://dp8hsntg6do36.cloudfront.net/580e53d6b57ac322f1000016/8608cb16-512d-4ee8-8bb9-0f1ff6a48325high.webm via Wired See more Previous article Homestead Stories: How Dumpster Diving Made Me a Better Cook Next article How To Get Rid Of Squirrels: Natural and Effective Options One Comment Leave a Reply Great article about pumpkins. Really great videos. 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