Coming on the scene only a dozen years ago the unusual, naturally white pumpkins once an oddity found only at farmers' markets are now making their way into more and more homes and are becoming an autumn favorite.
The most common white pumpkin is the Lumina. While slightly smaller than the average carving pumpkin a Lumina usually weigh about 10 to 15 pounds. The globe or flattened globe shape covered in gleaming white, smooth skin hides bright, orange flesh that is sweet, dense and incredibly good for cooking.
Casper pumpkins with their nice round shape and true white color look like the ghost of a traditional pumpkin and are said to have been named for the friendly ghost of cartoon fame.
The Valenciano pumpkin is often called the White Ghost pumpkin and is a flattened, medim size pumpkin. It is only occassionally used for cooking but being such an especially lovely shade of ivory white you are probably going to want to put it in your autumn display rather than a pumpkin pie anyway. The itty bitty Baby Boo pumpkins not only look adorable but make tasty pies.
Perfect for painting but not eating the Cotton Candy white pumpkin grows to between 5 and 12 pounds and produces a fine surface for your artistic talents. Storing these pumpkins in the dark helps to maintain the best white color. The Cotton Candy variety however is not edible so buy or grow these for decorative purposes only.
A bit more expensive than their traditional orange counterparts white pumpkins appeal to those at both ends of the decorating spectrum. Many seek out the white pumpkins because they seem more ghoulish or eerie-looking than the bright and cheery orange ones. Their white skin stark as a fresh canvas also provides a great surface for drawing or painting spooky faces or scary scenes.
On the other end of the spectrum these pale varieties are sought after for their elegant beauty. Nestled among flowers or sitting atop sterling silver, these glorious globes add an unexpected element of surprise to a centerpiece and their chic appearance allows then to be the stars of the show in places that their warmer colored cousins were rarely invited.
While their appearance is light the novelty of a white pumpking is far from fading and adding a white pumpkin can turn your seasonal display into a real head-turner.
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Baby Boo from henryfields.com, Valenciano from www.naturalgardening.com, Cotton Candy from www.localharvest.org, Centerpiece from bhg.com