One of the oldest field pumpkins in existence, this pumpkin was cultivated by the North American Indians before the Europeans came to America. These yellow/orange pumpkins range in size from 15 to 25 pounds and are slightly flattened at both ends. The coarse, thick, and stringy flesh is not good for cooking, but it is excellent for Jack O' Lanterns.
- Packet of plant seeds
- Perennial plant Cucurbita pepo
- Great Jack O'Lantern pumpkin
- 15-25 lb. pumpkins
- Requires long, hot growing season
- Made in the USA
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Start squash and Pumpkin Connecticut Field Vegetable Seeds indoors, 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. Prior to transplanting, work generous amounts of compost or dried manure into the soil because squash and pumpkins love rich, well-drained soil. Never crowd squash. Competition for sun, space, or nutrients will decrease the number of female flowers and thus the production.
Transplant squash to hills, 3-4 plants per hill with at least 12 inches between plants. Covering the hills with 6 mm black polyethylene plastic is recommended. The plastic keeps the soil warm, protects against insects and soil borne pathogens, reduces weeding, and leads to earlier and higher yields. Harvest pumpkins when they are full grown, their skins have turned color and hardened and they pass the "thumbnail test". That is, when the skin resists puncture by a thumbnail. Pumpkins will keep for months if left in a cold, dry, dark storage area.
Squash, beans, and corn, known as the "Three Sisters" comprised the trinity that was the staple diet of ancient America. Remains of wild or possibly cultivated squash have been found in Mexico that date to 9000 BC. Similar archaeological evidence has been unearthed in South America, Central America, and northern, North America.
The wild varieties of squash were quite small and unpleasantly bitter tasting. Ancient peoples were not attracted to these vegetables for food. Instead, it is hypothesized that ancient peoples collected the squash and dried them to make rattles and instruments for ceremonies and containers for storage and eating. Eventually, the ancient peoples came to appreciate and value the squash seeds which were rich in nutritious oils. After perhaps centuries, ancient farmers began to select for and cultivate varieties of squash that produced pleasant tasting flesh.