~ January 2nd, 2017 ~
Heirloom Pumpkins (Cucurbita Family)
Quite by accident, I found out about the wonderful qualities of heirloom pumpkins, to be used as food for my poultry. I was in competition with someone with a local nursery from whom I had
been procuring my pumpkins from each year. They got first dibs. When the nursery finally called me to come pick up the pumpkins that were left, I was a bit dismayed
to find that all the regular carving pumpkins had been taken, and all that were left were the heirloom pumpkins.
Picking the Perfect Pumpkin: A guide to 17 heirloom pumpkin varieties
Odd in shape, and smaller, I had no experience with using them.
Heirloom pumpkins are usually sold for qute a high price so although I admired their unique beauty, I had never bought any. But, that is all the nursery had to offer, and since they were free,
I was not going to complain. So I loaded
up a whole truck load and carted them home. I found out that although smaller in size, they were really dense with meat. The heirloom pumpkins also had thicker skins that were nicely suited long term
storage. These were two things I found to be a great addition to what the traditional carving pumpkins offered. Names like Musquee de Provence, Rouge uif d E tampes and Cheronskaya told me thse
pumpkins came from other countries like France and Italy. These pumpkins are a great addition as natural food for your poultry.
High volume of dense, nutritionl meat
Thick skin for long term storage
Packed with powerful carotenoids and beta carotene
Viatmin C, riboflavin and iron
High in Fiber