Fairytale Pumpkin

90-110 days. Cucurbita moschata. Similar to the Cinderella Pumpkin, Fairytale is as beautiful as it is delicious. AKA Musque de Provence, this 1899 heirloom is a squat, deeply lobed beauty from the south of France. Looking a bit like a sculpted wheel of cheese with a strong handle, it ranges from 12" to 18" in diameter and up to 20 pounds. It ripens from luscious green to magnificent shades of burnt sienna on 10' -long vines. Fairytale has an exceedingly long shelf life~perfect for envy-of-the-neighborhood fall vignettes. Its deep orange flesh is dense and makes great Homemade Pumpkin Puree for Thanksgiving pies, or European classics tweaked with a dollop of Fairytale goodness. How about Fairytale Pumpkin Creme Caramel, Fairytale Pumpkin Cheesecake or Fairytale Panna Cotta with Calvados Caramel Sauce? You must try these recipes—they are sure to become new family favorites. (OP.)

One packet of about 15 seeds
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Easy to grow Pumpkins are best direct-sown in well-draining, fertile, 60°F soil, two weeks past the last spring frost date with plenty of room to ramble. To win a prize for size, incorporate massive amounts of compost and/or well-rotted manure into the patch. Ease up on watering towards maturity to avoid watery flesh. Harvest with a sharp knife, leaving 2" of stem when leaves wither or skin is hard enough to resist piercing with your thumbnail. Cure, leaving outdoors in the sun for ten days, or in a warm, dry room for four to five days, then store in a cool, dry place. Besides Jack-o-lanterns and pie with whipped cream, Pumpkin is big in world cuisine now: Italians adore Pumpkin-filled pasta. How about Basque soup with Cabbage, Garlic and dried Beans or an exotic and spicy Moroccan pork and Pumpkin tagine? Bee friendly. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.
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