Pumpkin Guide

6202 Walkers Line,
Burlington, ON

Photo: Alexander MacTavish rides a Prizewinner, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, Sept 5, 2005
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the 1990's! Available mid September - October.

Genus: Cucurbita maxima
Origin: United States, 1994
Lengtht: 12 - 36"
Width: 12 - 24"
Weight: 50 - 200 lbs
Colour: bright orange (slightly redder than standard jack-o'-lantern)
Rind Texture: Smooth, wide shallow ribbing
Flesh: pale orange, thick

Prizewinner's bright reddish-orange skin makes it the best coloured ultra large pumpkin available (larger varieties are often a pale orange or dingy beige). The pumpkins average 50 -100lbs, and if the weather co-operates (enough rain), Prizewinners can exceed 200 lbs. The 2" thick flesh can be carved like a jack-o'-lantern, or the inspired artist can make stunning 3D relief carvings. Pumpkins of this size, by their nature, will have a flat side where they grew on the ground -to maximize your carving/display area, prop up the pumpkin with its bottom/flat side facing away from the viewer. To lift the largest Prizewinners, gently roll the pumpkin onto an old carpet or bathmat and carry it with two people.

Culinary: If you like pepitas, these are a must try, for the pumpkin seeds are large. As for the flesh, who knows, our oven is too small to try this one!