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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Will it be a White or Orange Pumpkin this year ?

Will it be white or orange this year? It could be a mixture of both. It could even be green, yellow, red, blue, or even tan! Yes, I'm talking about pumpkins.

You may be like me, when someone mentions the word pumpkin you automatically think orange! But apparently "Orange is so yesterday," Even family members are on the look out for white pumpkins this year.


Yes, "white pumpkins, once a novelty, are becoming increasingly common in pumpkin patches, and these intriguing white orbs are all the rage when it comes to chic autumn decorating. Maybe it's the ghostly way they stand out on a dark night, or perhaps it's the clean smoothness of their appearance, which sparks creativity. Whatever the draw is, white pumpkins are ideal for growing, displaying, carving, and eating.

What is a White Pumpkin?
A white pumpkin is a pumpkin variety that has been selectively bred to feature white or ivory skin. The varieties widely range in size and shape. White pumpkins are also known as an albino pumpkin, ghost pumpkin, Snowball, Casper, Lumina, Baby Boo, and Cotton Candy Pumpkin.

Uses for a White Pumpkin
White pumpkins are awesome for carving because the skin is not quite as thick as an orange pumpkin's. They are even better for painting, whether you stencil a design or transform them to match your décor by painting them any solid colour of your choice.

White pumpkins provide great contrast in fall gourd and pumpkin displays. However, don't be afraid to think outside the Halloween box. A white pumpkin tied with a red velvet ribbon and positioned atop evergreen boughs would make a lovely holiday season decoration. Like many gourds, white pumpkins stored properly can last through the winter months.

Cooking and Eating White Pumpkin
The flesh inside a white pumpkin is edible, and it can be substituted for orange pumpkin in many recipes, whether you're baking white pumpkin pie or concocting a pumpkin soup. The satiny texture and sweet pumpkin taste of the Lumina variety is excellent for baking. Try using a hollowed-out white pumpkin as an attractive serving tureen.

A white pumpkin's seeds can also be eaten after toasting them in the oven or in a skillet/pan. Additionally, just like typical orange pumpkin, you can bake, scoop, puree, and then freeze white pumpkin."
The above from here

Related Pumpkin Posts
Health Benefits and uses of white pumpkins here
Health Benefits of Orange Pumpkins here
Pumpkin Colours here

However, a word of caution … Pumpkin is mildly diuretic and could be a problem for people who take certain medications, especially lithium.

you may like to try this recipe
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, it's low carb
see here

You will find a variety of articles/recipe ideas, within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

34 comments:

Tom said...

...and this year I see yellow ones.

Martha said...

I still like the orange ones best :)

Christine said...

The white ones add a nice touch.

JFM/Jan said...

Wonderful post for the season 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

My name is Erika. said...

The white ones are popular here this year also. LUmpy ones too. Who knew there were so many types of pumpkins? Happy weekend.

R's Rue said...

Yum.

Jeanie said...

I'm a sucker for white pumpkins. I love them both and mix them both, but the white are just kind of fun and interesting. I didn't realize, though, that they had thinner skin and were easier to carve. Thanks for that!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I became exposed to white pumpkins two years ago. So glad you made others familiar with them, too.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Cute pumpkins! Chocolate pumpkin pie, that sounds delicious!

Take care, enjoy your weekend!

pam nash said...

Because pumpkin is not a favorite flavor of mine, pumpkin color should be considered for jack-o-lanterns. I favor the warty orange ones myself!

Sandi said...

Mmm...I really like pumpkin. I have one on the table right now waiting to be baked some day soon.

CJ Kennedy said...

Traditional orange

mamasmercantile said...

I must admit it will always be the orange one for me.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you. I didn't know that pumpkin is a mild diuretic.
I'm waiting for the blue pumpkins to hit the fad stage.

kathyinozarks said...

The white pumpkins are kinda pretty I was tempted to pick up a couple but too expensive for me-your recipe sounds delish Happy weekend

sandy said...

Interesting article - still love orange ones.

Ygraine said...

You will probably not believe this, but I had no idea pumpkins could be any colour other than orange! You must think me so dumb!! 😉
So, I have learned something new here today...many thanks for that!
That pumpkin pie looks wonderful. I have never attempted to make one before, so I will give this a go.😊😊

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Hugs xxx

Elephant's Child said...

I adore pumpkin - whatever the colour. It wasn't served when I was growing up because my father didn't like it. I do and have been making up for lost time.

Valerie-Jael said...

I love pumpkin time! Valerie

Kay said...

Gosh! I always thought you couldn't use Halloween pumpkins for pies. We usually left them for squirrels and other animals. I can't remember if I've ever seen white pumpkins. That's very intriguing.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I like both apple and squash in my soups.

Rose said...

I just like the orange pumpkins so much better. I know I may be the odd one out. I don't want a yellow tomato, either! But I always wonder if I could tell the difference if I were blindfolded. LOL

happyone said...

I saw some gray pumpkins this year! Nice to see all the different kinds around.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I didn't realise there are that many different colours.

God bless.

Jo said...

I think white pumpkins look good but I'm all for tradition so it's orange all the way here.

yonosoymillenium said...

nunca he probado el pastel de calabaza, ahora quiero probarlo.

Sue said...

The orange ones are definitely the spookiest lol. I only tried one a couple of years ago - what a disappointment, I'll stick to chocolate ;-) Take care and have a great week, Sue xx

Martha said...

I like the orange pumpkins but the white ones are great, too!

John's Island said...

Hello Jan
An interesting post indeed and I’m smiling as I write this. Yesterday I went to my favorite grocery store and outside the main entrance they have pumpkins stacked in little hills right by the door. One of those hills consists of white pumpkins with a sign atop “ghosts”. I thought that was pretty cool. I had a few questions about white pumpkins until I read your post. Thanks for all the info … nice work! Also, thanks for your recent comment on my blog. Always good to hear from you. Best regards from Seattle and have a good week ahead.
John

Debbie said...

i adore pumpkins on my front porch but not so much as a desert!! i like the ones that are different colored but often go for the typical, orange ones!!

Jenn Jilks said...

I love the varieties. I like the gourds, too!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post about pumpkins ~ 'Change is the one constant we have; besides
taxes '

Live each moment with love,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Teresa said...

Estupenda receta. Feliz semana.

Conniecrafter said...

I have never bought any other color but orange but I will say that the aqua colored ones have caught my attention!