Naked in the Garden

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.

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2 Responses to Naked in the Garden

  1. MikeH says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been chasing Triple Treat unsuccessfully. Would you have a few seeds to share? We grow lots of fruits, nuts, and soft fruits. We may have something that you’re interested in.

    Regards,
    Mike

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  2. nicky says:

    Absolutely. I would be happy to send you some seeds. I will email you for your address. I LOVE your blog. I just poked through it, but will be spending more time reading the older posts!

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