Sunday, December 29, 2013

Seminole pumpkin: an interior view


My wife sent me this photo when she was making pumpkin pie with the caption "too pretty!"


We're definitely growing Seminole pumpkins again, though I'll probably take a one-year hiatus and grow Rick's pumpkins in the spring so we can save seeds without crossing varieties.

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the two types are closely related genetically already. They have similar coloration and both are able to tolerate the extreme humidity and heat of Florida. Perhaps the Amish got seeds from the natives at some far-off point in the past...

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7 Comments:

At December 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Robbyn said...

We love our calabazas,which look something akin to both the Seminole and the tan cheese you have linked to in your post. we LOVE eating them year-round and they seem to love the climate!

 
At December 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

So... he thinks to best me at the pumpkin game...

Summer of 2014--PUMPKIN BATTLE. IT'S ON BRO!

-Rick

 
At December 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

I was not only thrilled with how much food my pumpkin vines produced, once I cleared the vines I was amazed at the quality and life in the soil underneath. There were very few weeds and the deep mulch decomposed rapidly in the humid shade under the pumpkin leaves. From hot sand to soil and earthworms in 18 months. Unbelievable.

 
At December 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Ditto. In fact it seemed to accomplish more for my soil than the 4 previous years of composting and mulching.

 
At December 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

That's a "side effect" I hadn't considered. I've noticed the same thing taking place under my tithonias, though, so it holds to reason. Really cool.

 
At December 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I will crush you.

I have taken your heirloom variety and your secrets and I have LOTS OF FREE TIME THAT YOU DON'T HAVE!

I'm going to plant NOTHING BUT PUMPKINS! You will rue the day, my friend.

 
At December 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I've heard they're amazing. I believe we saw those down in the Caribbean.

 

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