[Market-farming] pie pumpkins
tradingpost at gilanet.com
Thu Sep 23 11:04:26 EDT 2004
Varieties including sweetmeat http://www.thepumpkinpatch.com/wintersquash.htm
I see a picture of sweetmeat at http://www.humeseeds.com/sqshsm.htm
At NC state U they list a LOT of squash varieties, and they mention our personal favorite for baking, Lakota heirloom - "stunning winter squash that was once prized by the Sioux; flesh is sweet and nutty; fine baking quality"
paul at largocreekfarms.com
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On 9/23/2004 at 10:34 AM Pat Meadows wrote:
>On Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:16:57 EDT, you wrote:
>>this is so fun to read about.
>>one year i asked farmers at my local farmers' market why the pumpkin one
>>in a can is so dark and flavorful and compact but the pumpkin that one
>>home is pale and less flavorful. no one had a good answer except to say
>>the pumpkin in the can has had much of the water evaporated out of it to
>>concentrate it. so i began experimenting and purchased different deep
>>varieties and found that if I baked, pureed, and slowly cooked it on top
>>the stove so the water would evaporate out, the end result was compact
>>sweet and flavorful.
>>any more info on this would be welcome!
>I have always understood that the 'pumpkin' one buys in cans
>is really winter squash of one type or another.
>I also read - just last night in fact - that our 'pumpkins'
>are bred to be large and impressive so that people will buy
>them for Halloween and decorations, etc. Going along with
>this is coarse and watery flesh. ('Breed Your Own Vegetable
>Varieties', Carol Deppe, Chelsea Green Publishing, White
>River, Vermont, 2000, pg. 276) Deppe further states 'None
>of the big _C. pepo_ Halloween pumpkins have good flesh
>quality. This is no surprise, since they are sold by the
>pound, and it is cheaper to produce a pound of water than
>I would suggest trying one of the large winter squashes
>(Hubbard, etc.) instead (if you can find one) and seeing if
>you prefer it to the pumpkins. In other words, just regard
>the pumpkins as decoration, but eat the winter squash.
>Next year: somehow, someway, I'll find room to grow winter
>squash. We did grow spaghetti squash this year, and it's
>been a great success. It's very good and MUCH better than
>supermarket spaghetti squash (not really a surprise).
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