Pumpkin Seeds - Jack O' Lantern
- 15 Seeds
- Maturity: 90-120 Days
- Produces 10-20 Lb Fruit
- Running Vine Growth Habit
- Bred in Mexico and North America
- Traditional Use in Halloween Decorations
- Versatile Culinary Applications
- Perfect for Pumpkin Pies and Soups
History: Jack-o-lantern pumpkins trace their roots to Mexico and parts of North America, where they were initially cultivated. The tradition of carving faces into vegetables and using them as lanterns started in Ireland, with turnips as the primary medium. The term "jack-o-lantern" was coined in this context and soon became synonymous with the carved Halloween lanterns that we recognize today. With the migration of this tradition to North America, the more abundant and sizeable pumpkin replaced the turnip as the go-to vegetable for this festive craft.
Uses: While the jack-o-lantern pumpkin is widely recognized as the face of Halloween decorations, its culinary value is just as noteworthy. This variety of pumpkin boasts a delightful flavor profile that is rich and slightly sweet, making it a star ingredient in classic pumpkin pies. The flesh of the pumpkin can be transformed into a creamy soup or roasted to perfection, complementing autumnal dishes. The seeds, when roasted, serve as a crunchy snack. Whether you're looking to light up your porch or whip up a comforting dish, the jack-o-lantern pumpkin has got you covered.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: The jack-o-lantern pumpkin is characterized by its running vine growth, so it requires ample space to thrive. Start by sowing the seeds in a sunny spot, post the last frost of the season. Plant the seeds about an inch deep in rich, well-draining soil. Regular watering and occasional feeding will ensure healthy growth. The vines will start to produce large, round fruits that typically weigh between 10 to 20 lbs. Given its 90-120 day maturity period, it's best to plant early in the season to ensure your pumpkins are ready in time for Halloween. Once the fruit attains a deep orange hue and the vine starts to wither, it's time for harvest. Enjoy your pumpkins, be it for carving or cooking!