Saturday, September 12, 2009
The pumpkins in my plot are ripening fast. Under big leaves and overgrown weeds, orange and green fruits. Something about pumpkins means summer's over. One of the last crops. A grand finale.
This year I grew Baby Pam (a small sweet pie pumpkin), Big Rock (a 20lb Jack-O-Lantern type) and Jarrahdale (a ribbed gray pumpkin that I look forward to tasting). All have done very well. So far I've picked three and eaten one Baby Pam - grated into pumpkin bread. Yummy. About 5 more Baby Pam's are on the vines. I have two Big Rocks, about half orange now. I'm guessing 15 pounders. (Last year's my single Big pumpkin was 11 lbs.)
I'm growing Jarrahdale pumpkins for the first time this year. The mottled green ribs are very interesting. They'll turn gray when ripe. I've been told they're good eating ("soft, melon-like aroma, delicious flesh that is bright orange, very firm, very little stringiness"). I have two enormous plants, 4 or 5 fruits growing, though more keep coming. They hide well and grow fast. Two big ones are hanging from the vines up on my fence. My guess is they are 6-8 lbs now. I was advised to build a support for them to rest on, but it seems to me the vines are thick and strong enough to support them unassisted. I hope I'm right.
I got my pumpkin soup recipe out. A creamy version with leeks that is served in the hollowed out pumpkin shell. Took me a while to find it, but I did. Bet it will be great for a big gray Jarrahdale with bright orange flesh.