I did a little more research about my warty friends. It seems the name I had was incomplete. The correct name is: Brodé Galeux d'Eysines. Translated from French it means "Embroidered with warts from Eysines". A very apt name.
This beauty weighed in at 17.6 pounds!
I saw on some site that the estimated yield is 1 or 2 pumpkins per vine. I must definitely have overachievers then! I also learned that the warts are somehow due to the sugar in the pumpkin as it ripens. More warts= more sugar. Evidently they will continue to grow even after harvest so the warts are a good indication of which need used first. Since this little guy is almost completely covered, we decided to have a taste test. There must be quality control, you know.
Firm and meaty, small seed cavity.
I roasted 3/4 of the pumpkin in the oven and made puree. I'm saving the other 1/4 for roasting (diced) with olive oil, onions, garlic and rosemary. That mixed with parmesan and served over pasta is heavenly!
I'm pleased to confirm the reports that this pumpkin isn't stringy. It worked up like a dream.
12 cups of puree
Packaged and ready for the freezer.
Mmm, pumpkin bread......
I only froze 10 cups, J16 and I ate the other two with a little salt and pepper. Yum, I'm glad we have lots of these!!
We did send one pumpkin and a bag of hot peppers home with I13's friend who came over this afternoon. Nikki is a delightful girl and it was quickly evident that she is just a friend who is a girl- NOT a girlfriend. The children all had a wonderful time and Nikki spent as much time with J16 as she did with I13. They took a tour around outside, climbed on the big dirt pile, all helped frame a wall in the basement and played games. Nikki would like to come back again and we would be delighted to have her.
The lovely cool weather is supposed to last a few more days. Ahhh... After the summer we've had, temps in the 70's are heavenly!