The species Cucurbita pepo has been cultivated since ancient times by Native Americans, and includes true pumpkins and winter gourds as well as many varieties of summer squash and zucchini. These popular vegetables (technically fruits) are warm season annual vines, although compact bush-type varieties have been developed. They are New World plants grown widely by many cultures throughout the world and appear in a fantastic array of colors, shapes and sizes.
The plants are monoecious,...
The pumpkin cultivar 'Trax Field' produces round, medium-large, deep orange fruits that ripen late in the growing season. The slightly ribbed, hard-shelled, jack-o-lantern-size pumpkins are borne on dark green stems. They weigh about 25 pounds (11 kg) on average. This variety grows from seed to harvest in 100 days.
Like other true pumpkins, ‘Wolf’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning single plants bear separate...
This cute pumpkin has a little something for everyone. Perfect for carving, the smallish, rounded, bright orange fruits are just the right size for younger children. The flesh is tasty for pies, and the very thin-hulled seeds are especially delicious roasted with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. ‘Triple Treat’ is ready for harvest approximately 110 days from sowing.
Like other true pumpkins, ‘Triple Treat’ is derived from the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm...
One can’t help but smile at the sight of these adorable mini-pumpkins. A 1999 All-America Selections winner, ‘Wee-B-Little’ is a true pumpkin, unlike the popular cultivar ‘Jack Be Little’. The rounded, lightly ribbed, baseball-sized fruits have smooth, bright orange skin and squat, sturdy stems. Just right for single servings, they make a festive presentation when hollowed out and baked with a bit of butter and brown sugar. They are borne generously on compact, bushy plants, and ripen approximately...
(Pattypan Squash, Summer Squash, White Bush Scallop Summer Squash)
Both decorative and delicious, this heirloom yields many rounded, flattish, patty-pan type fruits with beautifully scalloped edges and smooth, creamy-white skin. The tender, tasty squash make an especially lovely presentation when picked very small and sautéed whole. They are ready for harvest approximately 50 days from sowing.
Like many summer squash, ‘White Bush Scallop’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season, annual vines are monoecious, meaning...
Heirloom gourd ‘White Crown of Thorns’ adds soft color and textural interest to fall table arrangements and decorating schemes. The rounded, creamy-white fruits feature five pairs of distinctive, incurving prongs pointing towards the blossom end, which do indeed resemble a thorny crown. Beautiful but inedible, they are ready for harvest approximately 95 days from sowing.
As with many smaller ornamental gourds, ‘White Crown of Thorns’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo,...
(Pumpkin, Winter Luxury Pumpkin)
This beautiful heirloom pumpkin has a little something for everyone. The small to medium-sized, round, orange fruits have beautiful netted skin and are just the right size for young children to carve. Its skin is also quite thin, which makes carving a bit easier but reduces keeping longevity. The flesh is some of the sweetest for pies and the thin-hulled seeds are delicious roasted with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. 'Winter Luxury' was introduced in 1893 by Johnson & Stokes...
The long, vigorous vines of 'Wolf' bear medium-sized pumpkins with exceptionally thick "handles." Wolf pumpkins are also notable for their thick flesh and rich deep-orange color. The round, moderately ribbed fruits weigh from 15 to 25 pounds (7 to 11 kg) when ripe. This variety grows from seed to harvest in about 120 days. It was developed by Chris Awald of North Collins, New York.
Like other true pumpkins, ‘Wolf’ is a member of the New World species Cucurbita pepo. These warm season,...
(Summer Squash, Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash)
Cultivated for centuries by native populations of North America, summer squash ‘Yellow Crookneck’ remains a popular favorite in the United States. The bumpy, bottle-shaped fruits of this classic heirloom are bent at the neck, and have glossy, golden-yellow skin surrounding firm, delicious, buttery flesh. They are best picked and eaten when very young and tender, and are ready for harvest approximately 65 days from sowing.
Like many summer squash, ‘Yellow Crookneck’ is a member of the New World...
The distinctively patterned, yellow and green fruits of this F1 hybrid squash are also notable for their firm texture and delicious nutty flavor. The slender, club-shaped fruits are mostly yellow, but each has a pale green tip that appears "hand-dipped." This productive variety forms big, bushy, open plants which grow from seed to harvest in about 54 days. The fruits are best when 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long, and will be produced from summer to fall if regularly harvested.
Like most summer...