I always grow pumpkins because we have a pumpkin carving party every year. We have the kids of our baseball team members over late in October to carve a Jack-O’-Lantern and the adults eat & drink. Some years I have enough pumpkins to go around. Some years we run down the road to the pumpkin farm (:
This year I decided to try something different. I love roasted pumpkin seeds, but dislike the mouthful of wood after chewing them. Naked seeded, or hulless pumpkins have no shell, eliminating the problem. I ended up with seeds for Triple Treat, an aptly named triple use pumpkin in a trade. It is a great pumpkin, you can carve it, make pie with it and it has Naked Seeds!
My vines were killed by cucumber beetles, but I managed to harvest 4 small bright orange pumpkins. Not large enough for carving & nowhere near enough for the party, but VERY meaty, thick walls. One small pumpkin would have made 4 pies. My husband & son made pies out of the 1st one that we picked. They loved it. The verdict was very “pumpkiny” and very yummy.
There was around a cup of seed in each of the pumpkins. I very lightly salted them with pink Himalayan salt and put them in the oven to roast. They popped like popcorn. I had to keep turning the oven up & down to roast them without having them pop all over the kitchen! The taste: WOW. Unbelievably good. Tender, tasty… My new favourite snack. A definite grow again.