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What is a White Pumpkin?

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White Pumpkin Photo - Picture of a White Albino Pumpkin

Once rare white pumpkins are showing up more frequently in New England's pumpkin patches.

© 2008 Kim Knox Beckius
Definition: Orange is so yesterday. Here in New England, white pumpkins, once a novelty, are becoming increasingly common, and these intriguing white orbs are all the rage when it comes to chic autumn decorating.

But what is a white pumpkin? These albinos with natural white skin have been bred by pumpkin growers, and seeds for specific varieties, such as Lumina, Cotton Candy or miniature Baby Boo, can be purchased and planted. Direct Gardening (Shop Direct), for example, has Lumina white pumpkin seeds available for online ordering. White pumpkins must be planted after the risk of frost has passed, and they take about 90 days to grow.

So, what can you do with a white pumpkin? They're great for carving (see an example) and even better for painting. They provide great contrast in fall gourd and pumpkin displays. They're elegant unadorned as a table centerpiece, as you'll see in this Martha Stewart Living photo from 2003: She's always ahead of the curve! Monogrammed white pumpkins are even being used as wedding decorations.

White pumpkin can also be substituted for orange pumpkin in many recipes, whether you're baking pumpkin pie or concocting a pumpkin soup. The texture and taste of the Lumina variety is excellent for baking. Try using a hollowed out white pumpkin as an attractive serving tureen.

I bought my first white pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at the South Congregational Church in Granby, Connecticut, in October of 2008, and I can't wait to carve my first white pumpkin jack-o'-lantern. Then again, I'm also thinking a white pumpkin tied with a red velvet ribbon and positioned atop evergreen boughs would make a lovely holiday season decoration.

Also Known As: albino pumpkin, ghost pumpkin, Snowball, Casper, Lumina, Baby Boo, Cotton Candy Pumpkin

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