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."
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.
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.
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.
Most 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.
And last, but not least, one of my favorites is the Blue Moon pumpkin. This beautiful hybrid gourd is from Australia.