6202 Walkers Line,
Genus: Cucurbita pepo
Height: 6 - 8"
Width: 10 - 12"
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Colour: Green with orange stripes
Texture: Smooth, very lightly ribbed
Flesh: Very pale orange
The original "naked" seed pumpkin dates from 1870, the result of a natural mutation which occurred in the Styrian region of Austria. Ever since, commercial pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil have been made from these "hulless" pumpkins. All naked seed pumpkins have characteristic green stripes on the outside, making them an attractive addition to your fall displays.
Culinary: It's all in the seeds, forget about the flesh! The seeds may be eaten raw, but they're much better roasted.
A large Styrian Pumpkins will yield 2/3 to 3/4 cups of seed.
Pepitas - Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Photo: Pepitas, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, November 7 2011
Remove seeds from a Styrian Hulless Pumpkin.
Rinse with tap water to remove any flesh, dry.
Spread on cookie sheet, coat very lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 400° about 23-24 mins (stir once after 12 mins) (until most seeds have "popped" -listen carefully, it's like quiet popcorn).