3 Pumpkins for Your Garden Long Season Growing

Friends Drift Inn Farm – Gardening

Two Friends Drift Inn Favorites Cushaw and Musquee de Provence />

For long season growing, my top choices are Cushaws and Musquee de Provence pumpkins.

Wondering what Winter Squash Pumpkins Seeds to Order?

New to our garden, North Georgia Candy Roaster is this year’s “kicks and giggles” selection.

Cushaw C. mixta

Chef Jeremy Ashby prepares cushaws for James Beard Kentucky Event Cane Ridge Cattle
Cushaw, either green striped or white variety, is an Appalachian standard. The search for Green Striped Cushaw seed launched this blog.
Cushaw, Cucurbita mixta, is heat tolerant. Squash borers hate it. It takes about 110 days to mature. For pumpkin butter, this is “The Choice.”

Link to Just What is a Cushaw?

Mild in flavor, the flesh is a great compliment to savory dishes. Slow Food USA lists Green Striped Cushaws on their Ark of Taste. Cushaws grow to 10-20 lbs.

More about Cushaws

Musquee de Provence Pumpkin C. moschata

Revolutionary Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Musquee de Provence was our “kicks and giggles” pumpkin last year. For freezing, storing, roasting and cooking Musquee de Provence is a star! For Revolutionary Pumpkin Pie, there is none better!

Pronounced ribs, cheese wheel shape, and a stunning coppery color with hints of green patina make for a harvest showstopper. Averaging 15-20 lbs, this Cucurbita moschata will mature in about 110 days.

Last season, these survived July floods when other vines succumbed to powdery mildew. They even withstood a vine borer attack!

Musquee de Provence is great for pies, bread, and pumpkin soup. By far, the most flavorful pumpkin I have ever grown.

More about Heirloom Pumpkins

North Georgia Candy Roaster C. maxima Wild Card

 North Georgia Candy Roasters, my C. maxima choice, is new to me. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange notes it is an Appalachian favorite, but I’ve never seen anyone grow it in the Kentucky mountains.

 I’m game!

Shaped like a bananas, Candy Roasters take about 100 days to mature. Baker Creek seeds reports these grow to about 10 pounds.

Apparently a good choice for roasting and pies.

Have you ever grown these? Love to hear from you.

Links of Interest

Return of the Green-Striped Cushaw
Heirloom Vegetables and Gardening

Pick a Peck of Peppers 2011 Picks
Tomato Picks 2011 Part I

Zucchini and Summer Squash 2011 Garden Picks
At the time of this writing I am not compensated by any seed company
Heirloom Vegetable Garden Update August 2011 Cushaws!

Just What is a Cushaw?

About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.