Unique Pumpkins for Decorating and Eating

Some pumpkins don’t need carving to turn heads. We just received our second delivery of Vermont-grown pumpkins for the fall season—in every shape, size, color, and texture. These unusual varieties will add a creative touch to your fall display, and a few of them are excellent substitutes in your favorite pumpkin recipes.

Here’s a quick guide to what’s available now in the Garden Center:

Native to Australia, the Jarrahdale pumpkin is a cross between a Blue Hubbard and Cinderella pumpkin. Best uses: Great in any recipe that calls for pumpkin…pumpkin curry, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, etc.

Want to add a little texture (and visual interest) to your fall display? Throw a Warty Goblin into the mix. This orange pumpkin with green bumps is a real eye-catcher! Best use: as decoration.

The Red Warty Thing
is a cross between  an American Turban and a Hubbard squash, so it’s really more of a squash than a pumpkin. Best uses: a great substitute in any pumpkin recipe. Try it pureed in pies, soups, and sweet breads. Also tasty diced and roasted like an acorn or butternut squash.

The Galeaux d’Eysines is a French heirloom pumpkin with a flattened shape and salmon-peach skin. The pumpkin’s knobby, shell-like bumps are caused by a buildup of sugar beneath the skin. Best uses: roasted, grilled, baked, sauteed, or pureed in soups, sauces, preserves, and pies.

The Red Eye pumpkin is named for its “almost red” color and white stripes (or splotches). Best uses: excellent for eating, but most people use it as decoration.

Marina di Chioggia has long been a staple squash in Venice, Italy, where it is also known as Suca Braca, or warty pumpkin. Best uses: roasted, baked, steamed, grilled, or use in any recipes that call for pumpkin.

Bet you’ll never guess what this one’s called. The Green Warty Pumpkin certainly stands out in a crowd! Best use: for decoration. We can’t imagine trying to cut into that thick rind!

The Cinderella pumpkin is one of our favorites! And it’s not just pretty to look at. The pulp is creamy and slightly sweet. Best use: tastes great in both sweet and savory dishes.

We love the name of this pumpkin. The One Too Many is said to look like a blood-shot eye, hence “one too many!” Best use: for decorating.

The Garden Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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