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Heirloom Pumpkin and Squash Glossary

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010

Autumn is prime time for pumpkins and squash, the edible and ornamental members of the Cucurbitaceae plant family.

For extra-hardy and colorful cucurbits, Mac Condill of the Great Pumpkin Patch recommends planting heirloom varieties whose seeds have never been hybridized.

Veracruz Pepita
With a beautiful stem and unique coloration, this Mexican squash is grown for its elongated edible seeds.

Windsor Black

Hailing from Australia, the Windsor Black squash is known for its dark coloration and unique shape.

Moranga de Mesa

The pink and red Moranga de Mesa squash is equally good for both cooking and decorating.


This South African pumpkin is a favorite of Mac's for its long-lasting green color.

Galeux d'Eysines

Discovered in 1996 at a pumpkin fair in Tranzault, France, this textural vegetable features dramatic scabbing.

Futsu Early Black

The Futsu is a very rare squash variety that changes color as it ages from green and black to purple and brown, depending upon sun exposure.

Winter Luxury Pie

This classic North American pumpkin has a smooth, mild flavor and is often used in seasonal decorations because of its small size.


This popular squash grows on long vines that dangle from tree branches in the Florida Everglades.

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