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Last week as we were ordering seeds for the 2015 season, we polled our members on their preferences when it comes to pumpkins and winter squash. We heard from more than 135 members and got a definitive response. We thought you might be interested in the response, so we're sharing it here:
QUESTION: Pumpkins are a type of winter squash, along with butternuts, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, jarrahdale, blue hubbards, buttercups, kabochas, and many other types with varying shapes and sizes. But the best-tasting pumpkins aren't those bright orange ones used for jack-o-lanterns. In fact, jack-o-lantern pumpkins don't taste great at all, and they're not the best variety for using in soups, pies and other dishes. Would you rather we:
76% RESPONDED: Plant only the winter squash that taste the best, regardless of their appearance (no orange pumpkins).
19% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some orange pumpkins, so they can be used ornamentally around Halloween. Choose an orange pumpkin that is also a good (but not the best) squash for pies.
5% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some large, orange pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. Do not be concerned about the pumpkins’ flavor. We have a limited amount of space, so if we choose to grow some orange pumpkins, that will come at the expense of squashes that are better for cooking and baking.
Thanks to all who took the time to respond to our first poll of 2015!