October 25, 2010
A Rainbow of Pumpkins with Speckles, Stripes and Warts
As a child, I thought all pumpkins were mid-orange in color with blocky-rounded shapes. Boy, was I wrong! Last Friday we took the family up to Knapps Farm in nearby Greenbluff, WA. While the children enjoyed the straw bale maze, miniature horses, blackberry picking, and Punkin' Chunkin' (shooting pumpkins out of a giant rocket launcher), I busily snapped photos of the amazing variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Centered in the picture above is a blue 'Marblehead' pumpkin.
Since I'm obviously not a pumpkin expert, I'm not sure if all of these squash are classified as pumpkins. For more information on pumpkin and squash varieties, see this website.
There were many types of cute miniature pumpkins for sale, like the white ones above.
Some of the orange pumpkins showed different shades that reminded me of a sunset or a bonfire. There were plenty of warts on display.
The blue pumpkins were my favorite. I looked for blue pumpkin seeds last winter and couldn't find any.
These 'Turk's Turbin' pumpkins were amazing! The variety of vivid colors and the unusual shapes reminded me of a circus.
Above is 'Rouge vif D'Etampes', also known as the Cinderella pumpkin.
This blue cinderella-shaped pumpkin was my favorite, and I found out its name: 'Jarrahdale'. Armed with this information, I'll be able to find seeds and grow some in our garden next year. Stay tuned next week for pictures of the warty, wacky squash we found at the farm.