The Color of Pumpkins

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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The Color of Pumpkins

When we think of pumpkins. we normally envision a vibrant orange gourd. And, many of us think they do make some of the best jack-o'-lanterns. However, pumpkins come in a rainbow of fun colors - red, pink, white, tan, green and blue - and various shades in between.

Pumpkins reproduce in a way that creates interesting shapes and colors. Pumpkins and other squash have both female and male blossoms on the same vine. Therefore, cross-pollination is very likely between the different types of plants, resulting in hybrids.

Color Me a Healthy Pumpkin

Pumpkins are quite nutritious too. All colors are high in fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and low in calories. The orange pumpkins get their color from high levels of lutein, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene. Although, most all pumpkins, regardless of their color, have some variation of orange flesh.

The Many Colors of Pumpkins

Naturally white pumpkins, only a dozen years old, are now quite a favorite choice for decorators. You might see them sold in some stores as "Ghost Pumpkins."

WHITE PUMPKINS

Pink Pumpkins are an obvious for October's Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. They are called Porcelain Dolls and were created specifically for the cause in 2012.  Proceeds from every sale go to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

Pretty in Pink

Earthy types tend to appreciate pumpkins in tan hues and they blend nicely with fall's jewel toned colors for seasonal displays. The Tan Cheese is one of the oldest varieties and produces deep orange, sweet flesh.

Tan Cheese

One of the most popular of the red pumpkins is the Cinderella, or Rouge Vif d'Estampes. It's quite charming and is thought to be the prototype for the carriage used in the Fairy Tale.

Red PumpkinsMost green pumpkins will eventually change color. For example, the Fairy Tale pumpkin is often a nice green color, but if left on the vine long enough, turns into a burnished coppery orb.

Fairy Tale PumpkinsAnd last, but not least, one of my favorites is the Blue Moon pumpkin. This beautiful hybrid gourd is from Australia.

Blue Moon

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Lisa Friedman
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Debb, I really do love the seasonal holiday photo! I always enjoy seeing people with 'spirit'.  I enjoyed your pumpkin post. I never knew the name of the fairytale pumpkin. It really does remind one of fairytales. I love this autumn season and especially enjoy making pumpkin soup which I serve in these cute little pumpkin tureens I bought years ago.

Oct 23, 2013 05:07 AM #17
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I'm not a pumpkin latte fan either. I do like it in other things though, pies, bread, muffins.

Oct 23, 2013 05:08 AM #18
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Thank you Lisa. Oh, I'm sure I'd like pumpkin soup too. I love butternut squash, so I'm sure it's similar. Those tureens sound delightful. :)

Oct 23, 2013 05:10 AM #19
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Lisa Friedman
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Hi Debb, yes the pumpkin soup is very similar to butternut squash soup that I love.  I am not a coffee drinker, however I do stop in seasonally for one or two pumpkin lattes when I am at my local book store.

Oct 23, 2013 05:12 AM #20
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Frank Iglesias
Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments - Lawrenceville, GA
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Wow, great post! Seeing a variety of pumpkins remind me of a dessert called salted pumpkin and pepita caramels :-) 

Oct 23, 2013 05:24 AM #21
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Beth Atalay
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Debb, I enjoy pumpkin anything and everything. I bake them in the oven with brown sugar, cinnamon and couple of cloves rubbed on, it is delish!! I never knew pumpkins came in all these different colors, thanks for the post.

Oct 23, 2013 06:03 AM #22
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I know they are popular drinks, Lisa. My husband got a salted caramel mocha the other day. Oh wow. :)

Hi Frank, wow,I'm googling that . It sounds delicious.

That sounds good Beth. I know, all sorts of colors!

Oct 23, 2013 09:20 AM #23
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Anita Clark
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Debb: What an interesting post with fun pumpkin facts!  I have never seen a blue pumpkin and did not know they existed until your post...learning never stops here in the Rain.

Oct 23, 2013 09:42 AM #24
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Hi Anita. Glad you learned something. D

Oct 23, 2013 09:47 AM #25
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Thank you for some great images of the many colors of pumpkins-I like the blue moon one, too.

Oct 23, 2013 11:00 AM #26
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Debb,

Now that I'm on your blog, I can see you have red eyes! I couldn't see that your eyes were red when you commented on my post. For the second time today, you tricked me!

There's something special about those white pumpkins. I can't put my finger on them, but it's my favorite. Of course that vivid, candy apple red pumpkin really jumps out at me and that blue one feels like it's straight from a different world where everything is blue, the sky, the ocean, flowers, animals, sandy beaches, and people too. Yes! I can see it when I close my eyes, everyone and everything is blue but nobody is feeling blue. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth!

Oct 23, 2013 11:24 AM #27
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Suggested!

Oct 23, 2013 11:48 AM #28
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debb, love the photographs, they are really beautiful when set with the right accents, and even better when we eat them in soup, pies, or cakes!

Oct 23, 2013 11:59 AM #29
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Debb, I love all the different colors of pumpkins. I am attracted to the oddest ones and the ones with knots and bumps. Maybe I feel sorry for them not being as attractive.

Oct 23, 2013 12:26 PM #30
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Debb- I love all of the colors.  We were at a friend's home the other nightand she had a beautiful deep red pumpkin.  I'd never seen one !!! I love the white ones as well. 

Oct 23, 2013 12:28 PM #31
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Another vote for blue Michelle!

Patricia - your comments somehow transcend the post. I really love your spin on things.

I hear you Ellen. Hey, thanks for the call, I was in a meeting with my Broker.

But Debbie, they are attractive!

Hi Kathy - decorators, such as yourself tend to LOVE the white ones. They really are lovely in a shabby chic decor.

Oct 24, 2013 02:15 AM #32
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Donny Carter
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Very interesting! I love "pumpkin" season.  I wonder if I would be able to grow some of these exotic hybrids in Mountain Maryland? 

Oct 24, 2013 03:21 AM #33
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I doubt it Donny. I have a hard time growing them here, they need a long season.

Oct 24, 2013 04:08 AM #34
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Joan Cox
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Debb, never knew there was another color of pumpking other than orange.   Will need to keep an eye out in Denver.

Oct 24, 2013 11:52 AM #35
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Do you know of any blue pumpkins in the camas area?

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