Porcelain Doll Pumpkin Squash
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This item was last sold on : 11/16/16
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash are available during the mid-fall.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash is a uniquely colored variety of Cucurbita maxima. The pink pumpkin was an intentional hybrid developed by a seed company specializing in hybrids. After seeing the striking pink color of the new squash variety, the company's president decided it was the perfect candidate for fundraising efforts during the month of October. A non-profit was started called the Pink Pumpkin Patch, so proceeds from sales of seeds and Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash could be collected and channeled into breast cancer research.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash grows on long vining plants that produce 2 to 3 fruits. The large squash variety starts out a pale yellow and ripens to cream and then pink. Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash has a blocky shape with very well-defined ridges running down the length of the gourd. The fruit grows rather large, and can weigh anywhere from 16 to 24 pounds. Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash is harvested when it is fully pink and the sturdy stem develops a cork-like texture. It has a bright orange flesh that is sweet and smooth textured.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash is a good source of vitamin A, as well as vitamin C and iron. The large squash variety also contains a small amount of calcium.
Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash are ideal for decorating and for roasting to make pies, soups, and other desserts. The blocky pumpkin can be a bit tough to cut, so it requires a very sharp blade. Cut the pumpkin in sections, using the ridges as a guideline. The sections of Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash can be roasted in a hot oven until the flesh is soft. Scoop the softened flesh and puree for baked goods or savory side dish. Store unwashed Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash in a cool, dry place for up to a month. If refrigerated, it will store for up to 3 months.
The pink color of Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash is not only eye-catching, it’s also become the symbol for a cause. Growers make a pledge to donate a percentage of their profits from sales of the seeds or pumpkins to the foundation. Money from the sale of Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash and seeds have benefited companies who do breast cancer research through a vigorous vetting and grant application process. Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash are being marketed as the perfect item for fundraising activities during breast cancer awareness month. Since 2012 the foundation has awarded almost $100,000 in grants to cancer research.
The Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash was developed by DP Seeds for its color, flavor and tolerance to powdery mildew. The parentage of this uniquely colored cucurbita is a DP Seeds, Inc. proprietary secret. The Yuma, Arizona based company in the United States released the seeds for the Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash in 2011, with the intention of having it debut in the fall of 2012. Because of its color and seasonal timing, the Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash was a shoe-in for fundraising efforts for breast cancer research. Sales from seeds and pumpkins not only benefit research, but also the farmers and growers producing the pumpkins for market. Some environmental conditions or stressors could impact the color of the pink Porcelain Doll Pumpkin squash. The pink pumpkins are showing up at more markets and more growers are taking the pledge to give back a percentage of their sales to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.
Recipes that include Porcelain Doll Pumpkin Squash. One is easiest, three is harder.
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