Winter Luxury

Winter Luxury Culinary Pumpkin OG

(100 days) Cucurbita pepo Open-pollinated. Back in 1988 when it was maintained only by the Jung Seed Co. in Wisconsin, Mark Fulford recognized that Luxury was “3–4 times as good for pies as New England Pie…so beautiful…that it breaks my heart to cut one open.”

Since generating rave reviews from squash expert Amy Goldman, it has become more widely available. Uniquely russeted finely netted golden-orange skin. The beauty is far more than skin deep, with Goldman calling the “flavor as fabulous as her appearance,” and Elaine Carlson describing the purée as “really silken.”

Introduced in 1893 by Johnson & Stokes as Winter Luxury and in 1894 as Livingston’s Pie Squash by A.W. Livingston’s Sons. Joe Hiscott of Quebec enthuses that “after making pumpkin pies for more than two decades, I will say with great conviction that the Winter Luxury pumpkin is by far the BEST pie pumpkin. Best pumpkiny taste, best colour, best texture, best consistency. They have a rustic, antique look and even grow into nice manageable sizes, nothing unruly or watery. The ideal pie pumpkin!”

We have brought back the superior strain Hiscott lauds, maintained by Jonathan Spero. It’s definitely worth the slightly higher price. Vigorous vines bear globular 7–8 lb fruits with juicy tender slightly sweet pale orange flesh. Productive, too, but somewhat delicate and only fair keepers.

Goldman advises piercing the pumpkin with a few tiny vent holes, baking it whole until it slumps—about an hour at 350°, then scooping out the pumpkin flesh and putting it in the blender to make “the smoothest and most velvety pumpkin pie.”



1718 Winter Luxury OG
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 Cucurbita pepo

One of the oldest domesticated species. Pepo derives from the Greek pepon, meaning ‘ripened by the sun.’ They have hard 5-sided ribbed stems, and fruits are usually ribbed. They also include summer squashes and small gourds, as well as some pumpkins.

Pumpkins

100–280 seeds/oz. ⅛ oz packet sows 3–8 hills. Botanically, there are no such things as pumpkins. But we know one when we see one. “Pumpkins” listed here are three species; Cucurbita pepo (mini pumpkins, small pie and some jack-o’-lanterns), C. moschata (cheeses) and C. maxima (jack-o’-lanterns and decorative).

Culture: May be direct-seeded or transplanted. Direct seeding: Sow 4–5 seeds per hill when weather has warmed after danger of frost. Allow 4–6' between hills. Thin to 3 best plants. Use row covers and low tunnels to hasten maturity and reduce insect damage. Transplanting: Start indoors three weeks before setting out. Do not disturb the roots. Transplant bush varieties 18" apart, vining varieties 30" apart. Tender, not frost hardy. Heavy nitrogen feeders. Excessive heat and/or drought can prevent blossom set, reduce yields. Pumpkins can take one or two light frosts on the vine. To improve flavor and storage, field cure for at least 10 days after harvest, covering if hard frost threatens. Store under proper conditions, at least 50° and 60–70% relative humidity in a place with good air circulation. Do not pile up pumpkins. Inspect periodically and be sure to use damaged, stemless or small fruit first. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70–90°. Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Pests & diseases: BLR: Black Rot, PM: Powdery Mildew

Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers until flowers appear, use plastic mulch, perimeter trap cropping (Black Zucchini and Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strips, hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround, Pyrethrum (PyGanic), Mycotrol.

Pest: Squash Bug
Cultural controls: rotation, till in cucurbit debris before winter and plant a cover crop, boards on soil surface near squash will attract bugs overnight which can be killed, avoid mulching. Squash bugs lay their brown-brick red egg clusters on the underside of the foliage, often next to the central vein—destroy egg clusters on undersides of leaves.
Materials: Pyrethrum on young nymphs, AzaMax.

Pest: Squash Vine Borer
Cultural controls: butternut squash is resistant, maximas & pepos susceptible; rotation, plow in squash vine debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers, watch for wilting plant parts and destroy borer within.

Disease: Powdery Mildew
Controls: Use small plots to slow spread, plant indeterminate (viney) varieties, control weed competition.
Materials: sulfur and whole milk, mineral or other oils in combination with potassium bicarbonate, Actinovate.

Disease: Bacterial Wilt
Cultural control: Striped Cucumber Beetle is vector—control it; choose resistant varieties.