Houston….. We Have a Pumpkin.
Not that Houston really cares. Who knows though, maybe Houston loves French pumpkins. Regardless, our pumpkin patch is looking promising. We have several baby pumpkins and the one pictured above is the most mature. Eventually they will turn a terracotta buff color and the inside will become an appetizing brilliant orange. As beautiful as the “Musque de Provence” pumpkin is, the main reason we are growing them is to eat them. They are delicious. They have also been a great teaching tool for the upper grade science classes. Pumpkins have large imperfect flowers that are well suited for illustrating the complexities of reproduction through pollination. The flowers are called “imperfect” because they have either male structures or female structures, never both as “perfect” flowers do. Pumpkins have both types of flowers on the same plant making them monoecious. Observation has inspired many questions and the students have made the connection between form and function by seeing it first hand. They have also learned that despite our obvious differences it is remarkable how much we have in common with a vine that rambles along the ground. Hopefully our students will return in August to learn about their gastronomical applications.