Rouge d'Etampes Pumpkin

120-130 days. Cucurbita maxima. This unique variety is also called Cinderella, having been made famous by that slipper-wearing lady as her transportation of choice. A slightly flattened and dramatically lobed member of the Cucurbita family, Rouge d'Etampes is a treasured heirloom from France. This Pumpkin is an intense auburn-red color. On average, each sprawling vine produces four to six Pumpkins, averaging 15" diameter and weighing 15- to-20 pounds. Rouge d'Etampes is ideal for cooking; the flesh is thick and firm, the seed cavity is small and it has more flavor than most Pumpkins. Enjoy Rouge d'Etampes rich, savory sweetness as it melts into risotto made with Arborio rice, Sage leaves and freshly grated parmesan. (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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