a few weeks ago i had to take care of some business in la crosse, and on the way home i stopped at the pepin heights orchard for some honey crisp apples. outside the orchard store, among the bright orange pumpkins, they had blue-grey pumpkins i had never seen before. i was fascinated, but hung over from jean’s wedding and needed a nap, so i grabbed a peck of apples, skipped the pumpkins, and drove the rest of the way home.
but i couldn’t forget about the color of those pumpkins. it was almost an unnatural blue-grey, but with enough green to make the color still plausible as a vegetable. i really wanted to try painting one.
last saturday morning i saw a few at the farmers’ market with jenn, but i had my heart set on going back to pepin heights to get more honey crisps – a peck doesn’t last long at our house. so in the afternoon shane and i drove to lake city to get more apples, and to get some of the blue-grey pumpkins.
i just can’t get over the color of these pumpkins! the painting isn’t exactly what i had in mind, but it’s pretty close. apologies for the phallic stem. more about the pumpkins and pictures after the jump…
i did a little research and the pumpkins are an heirloom variety called jarrahdale. native to australia, they are referred to both as a pumpkin and a squash. you can cook with them as you would other pumpkins/squash, and they are apparently mealier and less watery than your average orange pumpkin, with a sweet flavor.
as i mentioned, there were some jarrahdales at the st. paul farmers’ market, and i also saw some at whole foods on sunday, if you’re interested in getting some.
i’m not sure what’s in store for the pumpkins i bought. they may get carved for halloween, but if nothing else, we’ll toast the seeds!