The best grades of small, miniature pumpkins
With the first winter cold, our body acutely feels the lack of vitamins and sun rays. Often without being fully aware of this, we begin to actively seek the source of joy and inspiration that will help us get rid of the blues.
It turns out that you can cheer up with the help of bright small-fruited pumpkins. Firstly, it is very tasty and healthy, and secondly, you can make decorative dishes, original Christmas-tree decorations, and other pleasant little things for the house out of these tiny little things. Get out of a bad mood! Welcome winter fairy tale ...
When growing large-fruited varieties of pumpkin, there are often problems with storage and processing of fruits. For example, to make porridge, soup or fritters, you need quite a bit of pumpkin pulp, but what to do with the remaining kilograms? This is especially true for summer residents, because they do not contain poultry and livestock, which can feed the remains. In this case, pumpkin varieties with miniature compact fruits will help out.
We are accustomed to divide varieties of pumpkin into large-fry dining and decorative small-fruited ones. It's time to break this stereotype. Among the miniature, brightly colored, unusual in shape pumpkin varieties, there are many such that not only can, but also need to be eaten.
All these pumpkins in the phase of a young ovary replace zucchini, zucchini and squash, prepare them for the same recipes.
And in a matured form, the fruits of some small-fruited varieties can be used as pots for baking various foods. And to the table, these dishes are served directly in the pot-pumpkin. It can be, for example, pumpkin soup, mashed potatoes, roasts, sweet cereals, desserts, but anything. Pies for one cooking are becoming more popular among foreign truck farmers. I think our landladies will also be happy with such "portioned" elegant beauties that will save time, energy and also decorate the interior.
An Amazing Find
One of the most famous miniature varieties of pumpkin - Sweat Dumpling (Sweet dumpling)
It forms elegant finned fruits weighing 0,4-0,8 kg. The size of the fruit depends on their number on the plant: the smaller, the larger. The flesh of the fruit is dark yellow, has a pleasant sweet taste.
The real find of this season for me was a variety Heart of Gold (Golden Heart). The fruits are original heart-shaped and dark green with a white pattern. The weight of the fruit is 0,7-1,0 kg, the flesh is light yellow, with a sweet shade.
Fruit White Box in shape resemble squash ivory with a small green crab. In the mature pumpkin flesh is light, creamy, crispy. Fruit weight - 0,3-0,45 kg.
The smallest pumpkins give varieties Striped and Stars (Striped and Stars) and Flat Striped (Flat Striped). Fruits weighing 0,15-0,2 kg, are suitable for food only in the young ovary stage. The flesh is white, juicy, sweet, it tastes like a cucumber, so it can replace greens in salads made with fresh vegetables. Ripe fruits with a solid bark are suitable only for decoration.
Of all the small-fruited varieties, I was most impressed by the high-yield Baby Boo. Its small, flattened, ribbed, snow-white fruits weighing 0,15-0,25 kg resemble peeled mandarin. This variety is very popular with florists. They use the fruits of Baby Boo to create not only autumn, but Christmas and New Year's compositions.
One day, while admiring the sparkling whiteness of these pumpkins, I discovered that rodents had pounced on my crop. The fruits were bitten or completely eaten. You will not believe, but the thieves were whites. Why among the many other varieties of pumpkin they chose is Beby Voo, I understood only when I tasted the fruit. In terms of density, color and taste, the pulp was very similar to the nut.
This variety is great for making sweet porridges and baking. Classic pumpkin soup turns white. So those who are allergic to products with orange coloring, the brand Baby Boo just like it. The pulp of this pumpkin can be added to the mashed potatoes, making it more useful. And no family opponent of the pumpkin diet will not even guess that he really does eat.
And even if you are not up to the decor and compositions of the miracle pumpkin, but you are a practical hostess, try how comfortable the kitchen pot is from them. Fans of the original serving will be delighted with this idea. Pamper your family with delicious and beautiful dishes, unusual serving and romantic or festive compositions. These beautiful babies are simply created for joy and creativity, including culinary!
Reference by topic: Miniature Pumpkin Varieties
Varieties of miniature pumpkins - photo
© Author: Svetlana VNUKOVA, p. Russian Tishki, Kharkov reg.
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