Seminole Pumpkin

Seminole Squash fruit greenyoung fruit

Seminole Squash fruitmature and ready to harvest

Seminole Pumpkin is listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.

Seminole Pumpkin
Cucurbita moschata

This small fruited squash (all pumpkins are actually squash) was found growing wild in the Florida Everglades by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. An important product for the Seminole people for centuries, it is a hardy and vigorous plant.

Prized by cooks for its dense, sweet, deep-orange flesh, the Seminole pumpkin makes beautiful and delicious pies, soups and breads. It also stores well, for a year or longer, in a cool, dry place.

A long season of productivity, combined with vines that have good resistance to pests and disease, make it a useful pumpkin well adpated to our warm, humid climate.

Perhaps our success with this heirloom will inspire you to try it in your home garden for next year’s Thanksgiving pies!