Do you know that pumpkins come in lots of colors besides orange? It’s true! There are are green, yellow, red, white, blue, striped, and even tan pumpkins.
Before a Jack O’Lantern pumpkin matures it starts off green and comes in all sizes from very small to gigantic (mostly grown for competition). Casper and Baby Boo are common varieties of white pumpkins (still have orange flesh inside).
Blue pumpkins like the Australian Blue Pumpkin, also known as Jaradale, are rare and look somewhat like a turban with a very wrinkly skin. The Rouge D’Etant is a red pumpkin and resembles Cinderella’s coach in red. It is reputed to be the pumpkin served at the first Thanksgiving dinner between the pilgrims and Native Americans.
If you eat canned pumpkin, you are most likely eating a tan pumpkin. These are grown specifically for the canning industry.
Major Types of Pumpkins
The two major types of pumpkins are pie pumpkins and carving pumpkins (Jack-o-Lanterns).
Some of the most popular pie pumpkins are Amish Pie, Baby Pam, Small Sugar Pumpkin or New England Pie Pumpkin. When baking pies or using pumpkin in muffins or other recipes, the pie pumpkin is preferable as its taste is smoother and sweeter than carving pumpkins and flesh is denser. Look for a pumpkin that weighs about four to eight pounds. Lumina, a white pumpkin, has a ghostly white shell, but the flesh is still bright orange. Some other good eating varieties are
Pumpkins For Carving
There are hundreds of varieties of pumpkins and when selecting carving pumpkins, also known as Jack O’Lanterns, look for a variety that sits flat and is balanced. These pumpkins were designed for easier carving with a thinner shell and less stringy flesh inside. They also have more water content than pie pumpkins. Some Jack O’Lantern varieties are Big Rock, Charisma, Cotton Candy (white), Howden, Howden Biggie, and Rock Star.