[Market-farming] Long Island Cheese and Pie pumpkins
wshoemak at inil.com
Thu Sep 30 09:20:43 EDT 2004
Without seeing them I can't be sure but they may be expressions of virus
in the plant. This isn't a risk for you but it could make the fruit less
palatable. Viruses are a serious problem in pumpkins and squash but vary
from year to year along with aphid populations, which carry the virus and
infect the plant.
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center
From: Vivian Kooken <vslk at thepipeline.net>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 5:55 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Long Island Cheese and Pie pumpkins
>I have been reading for some time - this is my first post.
>We grew Long Island Cheese Pumpkins this year. They looked really great
>last week when I picked them, but now have mottled, dark spots on them -
>of them. Can't sell them, I guess they will all be dinner. Any ideas
>what discolored them? My other winter squash varieties are fine.
>About pie pumpkins -- we grew "Long Pie Pumpkin" an heirloom from Fedco
>Seeds in Maine this year. It was the first time I have ever grown this
>variety and it produced really well, but I haven't tasted any yet. They
>look like giant zucchinis in the garden, a dark green, but where the squash
>rests on the soil is deep orange. They are supposed to turn completely
>orange in storage and that is when they are ready to use. They are
>to make great pies.
>As an aside, one of the best "pumpkin" pies I ever made was with blue
>(Growing in southern New Hampshire - zone 5)
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