Pumpkin Guide

6202 Walkers Line,
Burlington, ON

Lady Godiva
Lady Godiva
Photo: Lady Godiva, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, September 19 2012
Grown at Hutchinson Farm 2011 - 2013. We now only grow the larger Styrian Hulless.

Genus: Cucurbita pepo
Height: 6 - 7"
Width: 4 - 6"
Weight: 3 - 4 lbs
Colour: Green with orange stripes
Texture: Smooth, very lightly ribbed
Flesh: Very pale orange

The original "naked" seed pumpkin dates from 1870, the result of a natural mutation which occurred in the Styrian region of Austria. Ever since, these "hulless" pumpkins have been the varieties used for commercial pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil. "Lady Godiva" is an improvement on the original strain by Allan K. Stoner of the U.S.D.A. in 1972. Compared to Styrian Hulless, Lady Godiva is a smaller pumpkin, it's seeds are smaller, but proportionally it has 1.5 times the seeds! All naked seed pumpkins have characteristic green stripes on the outside, making them an attractive addition to your fall displays.

Jack-o'-Lanterns: Lady Godivas make exceptionally beautiful Jack-o'-Lanterns. The thin light yellow flesh and  skin are quite transluscent when lit by candle light -they "glow" more than any other pumpkin! The carved holes will be very bright -keep them small to highlight the glowing pumpkin.
It's all in the seeds, forget about the flesh!
The seeds may be eaten raw, but they're much better roasted.