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Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita pepo 'Mini Jack'

Botanical name: Cucurbita pepo 'Mini Jack'

Common name: pumpkin

also known as (baby pumpkin, marrow, autumn pumpkin, autumn squash, common gourd, courgette, field pumpkin, melon pumpkin, pomion, summer pumpkin, Summer Squash, vegetable marrow, vegetable spaghetti, Winter Squash, yellow-flowered gourd, zucchini)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita pepo 'Mini Jack'
Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita pepo 'Mini Jack'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 8a thru 11a
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
annual
Category:   
Attributes:

fall interest, bee attracting, edible

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description for "Winter Squash and Pumpkins: Cucurbita pepo 'Mini Jack'"

Easy to grow and very reliable, 'Mini Jack' baby pumpkins mature much earlier than their bigger cousins, rewarding you with armfuls of 3 to 4 inch, deeply ribbed fruits that are true old-fashioned miniatures. Kids (of all ages) love them and they make welcome gifts and colorful holiday decorations and centerpieces. These happy little beauties are also deliciously edible; bake them whole for individual servings of stuffing, cranberry sauce or pumpkin soup presented right in their bright orange shells. All pumpkins need to mature properly, so wait to pick until rinds are fully colored and tough enough to resist piercing with a fingernail and vines have dies back. Then cut, leaving a good stem handle. Let them cure for 10 days in the sun, then store in a cool dry place and they'll keep for months. In the kitchen, hollow them out, then stuff and bake them for dandy little soup or vegetable tureens. - edited by dtd pbcouchman

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