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Pumpkins for pepitas

sancan Jan 17, 2011 06:50 AM

I did a search and didn't find this topic. I heard somewhere that the wonderful green pepitas that DH and I love are from a pumpkin whose seeds do not have to be shelled before being roasted. I haven't been able to confirm this, or find out what variety they are. Any ideas?

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    morwen Jan 17, 2011 12:47 PM

    We grew them last season. The variety we grew is called "Snack Face". Other names are "Snack Master" and "Lady Godiva". They're easy to grow, the seeds are hulless, and the meat can be used like any other pumpkin.

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    1. re: morwen
      sancan Jan 18, 2011 06:37 AM

      Whoo hoo. Thank you, thank you. Any preference for taste? Any preference for the pumpkin itself? How big are they?

      1. re: sancan
        morwen Jan 18, 2011 12:30 PM

        We grew the Snack Face variety so I can't speak about how the other varieties taste. The pumpkins had about a 16"-18" diameter. I grew them in pots so they may actually get bigger when grown directly in the garden. We just spotted the "Lady Godiva" variety in one of the new seed catalogs and got a little chuckle out of the name, thinking it appropriate for hulless seeds!

        1. re: morwen
          sancan Jan 19, 2011 02:16 AM

          Oh, wow. In pots? That's great news. I've been thinking of trying containers for veg. We have all variety of critters. I tried growing peppers thinking they're bitter and wouldn't get eaten. Nu-uh. Eaten to the ground. (I guess the tender foot-tall plants were sweet.) Am trying to get hubby to build me a cute little greenhouse out of old windows that I saw while surfing. And, btw the "Lady Godiva" name just flew over my head. Gave me a smile when you said that this morning, though. Nice way to start the day smiling. Many thanks for all the info.

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