Amazing pumpkin varieties - both delicious and beautiful
We are such a practical people, gardeners, that every meter of fertile land is dear to us. And to give the beds under the massive pumpkin bushes, which cannot be used as food, many consider frivolous occupation. But why bother with the agony of choice between delicious and beautiful, when there are varieties that can not only decorate the interior all winter, but also take their rightful place on your table?
For a long time, I also considered a pumpkin an ordinary vegetable, until I found that this plant has amazing varieties that have a bizarre shape, unique color or relief, but at the same time they do not lose their taste, competing with the usual table varieties. In this article I will introduce you to the most beautiful and delicious, in my opinion, pumpkins.
1. Pumpkin "Marina of Chioggia" (Marina Di Chioggia)
"Sea Monster", or "Frog Princess" - such an amazing nickname is this amazing variety of pumpkins. As the Italian legend says, the sea itself presented this fruit to people. And in this story there is some truth, because The plant was originally grown in faraway South America, and thanks to sea expeditions in the 16th century, it reached the coast of Italy.
There, a unique pumpkin was appreciated by the inhabitants of the small fishing town of Chioggia. It was from there that, having received recognition in Italy, and then throughout Europe, the variety continued its journey around the world, winning the hearts of gourmets and gardeners.
The peel of this pumpkin has a bright green malachite color and is covered with large tubercles and folds. Weight ranges from 5 to 12 kg. The fruit has a flat chalmoid shape, and on the back you can see a small tetrahedral base - the “crown”, which makes it even more attractive.
Using pumpkin in cooking
The delightful appearance of the “Marina of Chioggia” successfully combines with excellent taste. The pulp of this vegetable does not at all resemble the usual pumpkin; it surprises with a taste of hazelnuts and exotic fruits combined with strong sweetness (in well-ripened fruits). The smell is fresh and the texture is a bit dry. Pumpkin is stored for a long time - until the next harvest.
"Sea Monster" is good both as an independent dish baked in the oven, and as a filling for a pie, and at home it is often used to make a filling for ravioli, or served as a specialty in Venetian restaurants.
Features of growing varieties
If you ever see the "sea monster" with your own eyes, you will definitely want to get something similar in your garden, and growing it will not be difficult. Indeed, in spite of its exotic appearance, this pumpkin sets fruit well in the middle lane, and matures indoors in winter.
Just keep in mind that the bushes of the pumpkin variety “Marina from Kyoja” are powerful and capable of throwing lashes over 5 meters. In this regard, do not spare organic fertilizers for her and provide an open sunny place and watering in the dry period.
In our garden, this is one of the most productive varieties. At the beginning, the pumpkins are knotted smooth, and acquire a characteristic tuberosity towards the end of the summer. By the way, an uneven surface does not complicate the cleaning process at all, because its peel is not hard and can be removed quite easily.
Continue the list of the most beautiful and delicious pumpkin varieties on the next page.