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Small Sugar Pumpkin

Small Sugar Pumpkin

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Small Sugar
Cucurbita pepo

110 days — 'Small Sugar', also known as 'New England Pie', produces fruit that average six to eight inches in diameter and weigh about six pounds. The flesh is thick and sweet and has been one of our family's canning favorites for years. Outstanding for processing and pumpkin pies.

Once one of the most common pie-type pumpkins to see in New England farmer's fields, they were prized for their fine, sweet flesh and traditionally used for making Thanksgiving pumpkin pies. Over the past couple of centuries, some of its many synonyms have included, 'Boston Golden Sugar', 'Boston Pie', 'Early Small Sugar', 'Early Sugar', Golden Sugar', 'Prolific Sugar', Rhode Island Sugar', and 'Yum Yum'.[1]

Described by Fearing Burr in 1863 as,
". . . flesh of good thickness, light yellow, fine-grained, sweet and well flavored . . . The variety is the smallest of the sorts used for field cultivation.  It is, however, a most abundant bearer, rarely fails in maturing its crops perfectly, is of first-rate quality, and may be justly styled an acquisition. For pies, it is not surpassed by any of the family; and it is superior for table use to many of the garden squashes."[1]
Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 20 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: After all danger of frost is passed and the weather has warmed, plant four to five seeds, 1 inch deep, in hills spaced 6 feet apart. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, thin to 2 plants per hill. Pumpkins prefer rich soil. Feed at planting time and again at the 4 to 5 leaf development stage.

Keep watered during the dry weather and cultivate or mulch to reduce weeds. Harvest fruit when skin has turned completely orange and it cannot be easily dented with your fingernail. Cut from vine leaving a two inch stem. Informational References:
  1. "Vegetables of New York: Vol.1 - Part IV - The Cucurbits," by William T. Tapley, Walter D. Enzie, Glen P. Van Eseltine, 1937.
  2. "Field and Garden Vegetables of America," Fearing Burr, 1863.