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Varieties of Pumpkins and Jack -O-Lanterns

Pumpkin Varieties

Everyone loves pumpkins. With literally hundreds of varieties to choose from, there's a favorite pumpkin or two for us all. We are blessed with lots of varieties, because pumpkins, members of the Cucurbita family, are notorious cross breeders. They readily cross breed with some varieties of squash. And, the little miniature pumpkins, which are actually gourds, shows cross breeding characteristics bring us a plethora of colors shapes and sizes.


Did you Know? A pumpkin is a pumpkin, until it is carved. Then, it is a Jack O'Lantern. Pumpkin Carving

While thee are hundred of varieties of pumpkins, most seed companies offer just a handful of varieties. It may take quite a search to find the more uncommon and rare varieties.

Listed below are some of the pumpkin varieties we have found:


Miniature Pumpkins (Gourds)

Variety: Color: Description:
Baby Boo Off White Cute, miniature, white pumpkins. It will make your Halloween even spookier! 
Jack B. Little (JBL) Orange This little pumpkin fits in the palm of your hand. While it is tiny, it has a HUGE presence for fall decorating.


Jack B. Little - the most popular, and best known of the miniatures. Good, orange color, deep ribs.

Small to Medium Pumpkins 

Variety: Color: Description:
Autumn Gold Golden Orange  Early to ripen, thick orange flesh. Good for baking. 7-10 pounds.
Casper Off White Flesh is very hard. Certain to be a standout attraction in the pumpkin patch, and in Fall and Halloween displays.
Fairy Tale Orange-ish Tan A unique and popular French "cheese" pumpkin. Deeply lobed shape. Fine-grained flesh is delicious in your favorite recipe. Long keeper. 15-18 pound average.
Jaradale Greyish Blue Australian pumpkin cross between Blue Hubbard and Cinderella. Deep ribs, thick orange flesh. Good for cooking.
Spooktacular Orange Small fruits, good for little tykes. At about 85 days, they are ready to harvest earlier than others.
Wee Be Little Orange Just 3 inches in diameter, round grows to about a pound. Great for carving or painting. They are tasty, too!


Large (Field) Pumpkins

Variety: Color: Description:
Appalachian F1 Dark Orange Semi-bush variety. High yield, excellent handles.
Aspen F1 Deep, Rich Orange Large, attractive fruit medium ribs and with good handles. 18-20 pounds.
Big Autumn Orange Attractive for displays or carving. Good for baking, too. Autumn Gold's big brother at 12-16 pounds.
Cinderella Reddish Orange This is a very popular French heirloom variety. The fruit is flattened and deeply ribbed. It almost looks like a cheese wheel. 25 - 35 pound fruit, that is both beautiful and tasty.
Connecticut Field Bright Orange Traditional pumpkin color with ribbed rind, and deep yellow, coarse flesh. Great for carving or canning. 15 to 25 pounds. A home garden favorite.
Ghost Rider Dark Orange Round ribs rind and dark green stem, with yellow orange flesh. 15-30 pounds.
Gold Rush Bright Orange Shiny, ribbed skin, 4 inch long handles, thick and heavy flesh. 20-35 pounds.
Harvest Jack F1 Dark Orange Easy to grow, high yielding variety, averages 25-30 pounds. Long handled fruit makes great, large Jack O'Lanterns.
Howden Orange It makes a good carving pumpkin. Big, strong stem. 20-30 pounds.
Howden Biggie Orange Big pumpkin, thick stem.
Jack of All Trades F1 Bright Orange Makes a great Jack O'Lantern. Early to mature fruit with shallow ribs is attractive with strong green handle. 15-25 pounds.
Jack O'Lantern Bright Orange  Simply named, this is the common pumpkin grown for carving. Ribbed shell.
Jalhrude / Australian Blue Greenish Blue  Here's a unique conversation piece pumpkin. This pumpkin is deeply ribbed.
Jumpin Jack Deep Golden Orange Very large, well handled fruit. Pumpkins are taller than wide.
Rouge D'Etant Reddish Orange This small sized, interestingly attractive color.

Cooking / Pie Pumpkins


Variety: Color: Description:
Amish Pie Dull Orange This is a popular and tasty heirloom, great for baking pies and other recipes. Flat-ish, ribbed fruit.
Baby Bear Deep Orange All America Selection Winner. 1-2 pound, slightly flat fruits. Good for baking.
Happy Jack Dark Orange Best for baking and canning. 16-22 pounds.
Sweet Sugar Pie Orange Small, round 5-7 pound fruit. Sets the standard for baking and cooking. As it's name implies, it's pulp is sweet.

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Giant Pumpkins

Variety: Color: Description:
Big Max Orange-Red Soft skinned, good shape. 30-50 pounds.
Big Moon Orange Great for show, round with good color. 50-200 pounds.
Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkins Light, dull Orange The Grandaddy of them all. Grow for record breaking size. Fruit is often flat-ish, rarely round.
Mammoth Gold Golden Orange Heirloom, more orange than gold. Nearly round, ribbed fruit, Thick, pale orange flesh. 40-60 pounds.
Prizewinner Orange Excellent shape, much oranger than Atlantic Giant. 50-200 pounds.
Show Winner White Impressive giant fruit has good, round shape.
Giant Squash Pale Green White  Competition fruit similar to Atlantic Giant pumpkin, but no orange color. Up to 1,000 pounds or more.
Wyatt's Wonder Deep Orange Great color, good shape. 100-200 pounds.

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Novelty Pumpkins

Variety: Color: Description:
Fairy Tale Bright Orange Heirloom pumpkin is perfect for baking. Unique, deeply ribbed shape.
Peanut Orange with brown bumps This truly unique pumpkin is pink with beige bumps, resembling peanuts covering its surface.
Pumpkin on a Stick Deep reddish orange A truly fascinating plant. Actually, an eggplant, it is quite novel. Use it to WOW fellow gardeners and passersby. Great for fall craft projects, and floral arrangements.
Red Warty Red Orange This lumpy pumpkin will make your weird and eerie Halloween display stand out. Weighs up to 20 pounds. Use it in a wide range of Fall and Halloween decorating. It's also an excellent eating pumpkin with sweet, stringless flesh.




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