Common Name: Cinderella Pumpkin
Scientific Name: Cucurbita maxima
Days to Germinate:
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6-15 days Germination Temperature
: 70-75 degrees Days to Maturity
: 85-115 days General Description
: Cinderella Pumpkin is an antique French heirloom known as Rouge vif’ d’Etampes
, popular in the 1800’s. This squash has flattened shiny red-orange fruits with narrow deep ribbed sections and rough bumpy skin. Fruits can grow up to 40 lbs. and are beautiful and decorative. The flesh is creamy, moist with a mild and sweet flavor. It is great for cooking and pies. The large seeds are good for toasting. Site Requirements
- Light: Full sun
- Water: Regular water during the growing season
- Soil: Rich, fertile soil
Seeding: Direct seed after all chance of frost has passed into rich, fertile soil. Pumpkins and squash are usually sown in groups (hills) of 3-5 seeds and thinned to the 2 strongest plants. Plants can also be started indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost in deep pots that can be set into the soil without disturbing the roots of the seedlings.
Harvest Time: Allow plants to reach full maturity before picking. Skin should be firm. Cut away from plant leaving a two inch stem attached to the fruit.
- The Rouge Vif D’Etampe (“vivid red”) pumpkin is rumored to be the original inspiration for the carriage in the classic Disney film Cinderella. It has been said that animators used the variety in the studio as a muse and sketched multiple variations of the pumpkin before the final version of the carriage was created. After the release of the film, the Rouge Vif D’Etampe pumpkin earned a new name, the Cinderella pumpkin, and this is the name most commonly used in the United States today.
- In 1883, W. Atlee Burpee purchased the seeds and introduced the variety to the United States.
- The sweet, moist flesh of Cinderella pumpkins make them an excellent choice for sweet preparations such as, pies, breads, muffins and cakes.
- They are also excellent in soups, stews and casseroles.
- Fruits will keep 3-5 months when stored in a cool, dark place.
Recipes: Cinderella Pumpkin Bowl with Vegetables & Sausage Cinderella Pumpkin Soup
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