I’m not sure when I first fell in love with growing things. It’s a fascination I can’t recall not having. Of all the things I’ve grown or now grow, pumpkins seem the most magical to me. A teardrop-shaped seed the size of a thumbnail erupts from the earth with a forthright posture that says this sprout has a lot of ground to cover in the 90 days. Make way!
I suspect if I secured a lawn chair, tumbler of ice tea and enough patience to sit a while, I could witness the vine emerge and wend from compost mound to neighboring furrow like a tendrilled snake. It surely seems that pumpkins grow before your eyes.
The pumpkin pictured above is a Galeux d’Eysines ( Cucurbita maxima ). Some call it a wart pumpkin or ‘bumpkin’ because its beautiful buckskin-colored skin is covered with bumpy warts or calluses. The quirkiness of what’s on the outside belies the beauty of what you find on the inside (just like people): firm, flavorful, non-stringy pumpkiny goodness. I’ve chosen this pumpkin for my pie entry in the local farmers market pie baking contest (Vashon Island Growers Association -www.vashonviga.org). Any way you slice it, this pumpkin is a winner in or out of a pie. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know how I fared.
Seed source: Baker CreekHeirloom Seeds
I love this pumpkin, warts and all!