Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Previously, we've always grown the very reliable 'Small Sugar' as our pumpkin.  Last year I finally finished the entire package of seeds--one packet was good for ten years!--and it was time to splurge on a new packet.  Jarrahdale is an heirloom Australian variety of a ghostly blue-grey similar to the color of Agave parryii truncata.  How could I say no to that?  The flesh color is the usual pumpkin-orange.
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We got plenty of flowers on a large (30', 9 meter) vine that went everywhere.  Most of the fruits rotted for unknown reasons--it certainly wasn't due to excess moisture--but four pumpkins have achieved maturity--which is plenty.  The fruits weigh about 10 lbs (4.5 kg) each.  The real test is texture and flavor--we'll see how they taste.
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 In the meantime, gorgeous to look at.

Comments

  1. Wow, they look impressive! Glad to hear you ended up with four. I tried growing pumpkins once or twice but they were never quite right. Very starchy and strange.

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    1. Unfortunate pumpkins don't work for you. Too hot where you are?

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  2. Great color on those and quite spooky to boot. Plants do such odd stuff like rot when there's no moisture and no way of explaining it either.

    Apparently the pumpkins taste good too so it will be fun to hear how you like them.

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    1. 'Small Sugar' was easier, but these are way prettier.

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  3. They certainly look pretty and what a bonus they match the agave coloration.

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    1. Also a wonderful surface, as if they've been waxed several times with beeswax--a soft mellow sheen.

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  4. I hope you will enjoy the taste too,other varieties from Australia are "Queensland Blue". I enjoy the flavour and texture, also of "Kent" also known as "Jap" pumpkin which has a smoother skin and "Butternut" which is also delicious.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. I'm looking forward to the taste. Thanks for the suggestions on the others. QB is available here for sure.

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  5. Those are real "lookers"... and I love that you kept using the same seed packet for 10 years! I knew those expiration dates were just made up to make us buy and buy and buy...

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    1. Pumpkins--yes. Peppers, absolutely not.

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    1. And if they prove to taste good, I'm planting more next year!

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  7. These make my list for their gorgeosity alone. If the taste good too? Yowza.

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