Lady Godiva Pumpkin Seeds - (Cucurbita pepo)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 25 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 100 - 110 days
- 4-8 lbs
- Days to Germination:
- 5-10 days @ 70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Soil Requirements:
- Warm, well-drained
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Lady Godiva Pumpkin - The Naked-Seeded Pumpkin
The naked or hulless greenish seeds are very nutritious and rich in protein in this pumpkin and grows to 4-8 lbs, with 12-15 pumpkins per plant and produces about 1 lb of seed for each fruit.
The flesh is not considered to be very tasty, but does work well in sweet pumpkin breads or pancake recipes.
This pumpkin was developed by Allan Stoner of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in 1972 for the hulless seeds as a snack food. He combined two other naked seed pumpkin lines for better flavor and production.
Roasted, salted pumpkin seeds, also known as "Pepitas" are easy to make. Remove and clean the seeds, then drizzle with olive oil and roast on a cookie sheet in the oven at 150 - 200°F for 45 - 60 minutes until crunchy. Lightly salt and enjoy!
Many gardeners will harvest the hulless varieties somewhat green, as they can be prone to sun scald. It is best to harvest the seeds fairly soon after picking - within one to two weeks - as they do have a tendency to sprout inside the pumpkin if left too long.
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