Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blue Pumpkins




This is something I have NEVER seen before. A blue pumpkin.

From what I have read on a garden forum "There are four blue pumpkins. They are 'triamble', 'queensland blue', 'crown' and 'jarrahdale'. There are also other regional names that people give the pumpkins. Most of the blue pumpkins seem to come from Australia where they are popular."

I found this as well:
Seasons/Availability: Blue pumpkins are available during the fall months.

Description/Taste
Often called Australian Blue Pumpkin, this has deep, rounded ridges running from blossom to stem-ed. Medium sweet in flavor with thick orange flesh, its dusky blue, or blue-green, rind is a striking contrast to the deep, orange flesh.

Applications
Cook as you would with any fresh pumpkin. Peel and dice into chunks, then cook with onions, carrots, celery, red curry paste and stock, then puree into a Thai-inspired soup. Simmer diced pumpkin in coconut milk with onions, ginger, garlic and cilantro until cooked through, then serve the curry over rice. Fold one pound of fresh pumpkin puree into muffin batter with raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg, then bake. Roast the seeds on a cookie sheet at a low oven temperature; stir often and watch carefully so they don't burn. To store, keep pumpkin in a cool dry area up to one month, or refrigerate for up to 3 months.

Geography/History
An Australian heirloom, these pumpkins typically weigh six to ten pounds and average two or three deeply ribbed pumpkins per vine. Pumpkins grow well in full sun and prefer warm, moderately moist summers. Do not harvest pumpkins until they reach their appropriate size and turn the color of their particular variety.

This is so cool....a kind of a thinking outside the box only using pumpkins.

Most of us expect pumpkins to be orange, or yellow gold. The Great Pumpkin was BIG and ORANGE and Linus swore that the Great Pumpkin looked for a "sincere" pumpkin patch.

Examining the blue pumpkin varieties is kind of fun. The cuter half and I have seen them at farmer's markets, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

The cuter half and I have yet to PURCHASE a blue pumpkin. Right now I have been taking pictures of them....I don't need to buy one. I like their appearance....kind of like finding the right shape to a bowl or a pitcher.....the unusual appearance of the pumpkin appeals to me.
The cute one laughs at me when I go all goofy over the shape of a salt and pepper shaker set.....There are certain things that are unusual enough to be interesting. For us, who are not used to blue pumpkins....well, they look different. The shapes are the same but the color....it is really a lovely shade of grayish/blue with a tinge of green.

Seeing these blue pumpkins made me think about how some things are just unexpected. The boy being so damned lazy is unexpected. His inability to keep his hair clean is UNEXPECTED. Seeing a blue pumpkin when pumpkins are SUPPOSED to be orange is unexpected.

Expect the unexpected....and enjoy this years crop of blue pumpkins....I am having a good time with them.
PS- the boy, he is going with a new "bald" look....that is if he can't decide to keep his hair clean......he doesn't know it yet though.

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