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Williams Naked Seeded Pumpkin
Williams Naked Seeded Pumpkin
Williams Naked Seeded Pumpkin
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Williams Naked Seeded Pumpkin
Cucurbita pepo L. var. styriaca

110 days — Although pumpkins were originally a "New World" species, naked-seeded pumpkins have been developed over many generations in the Styrian region of Austria where they are known as Ölkürbis or literally, oil squash.

Naked-seeded pumpkins, also known as oil seed or hulless pumpkins, are characterized by having a thin membranous seed coat (testa) rather than the hard, lignified seed coat that conventional pumpkin seeds have. This makes the entire seed edible and easily pressed to extract the prized culinary oil.

Since the seeds do not have a protective seed coat, either start seeds indoors in peat pots, or wait so direct sow in the garden after the soil has warmed to 70F to 75F. The plants should be spaced from one to two feet apart in rows spaced six to eight feet apart.  The vines will reach eight to ten feet in length, develop shade leaves that grow up to two-and-a-half feet across, and typically produce four to eight fruits that average twelve to fifteen pounds each but that can reach up to twenty two pounds!

To harvest seeds, allow unblemished fruit to fully ripen and then clean and dry the seeds. Seed saving requires delicate handling, as the thin, green skin is fragile to the touch. Eating the seeds raw provides the most nutritional value. Roasting adds flavors.

In addition to being a healthy snack food, the oil is used in salads and drizzled on soups and pasta. Due to its low smoke point temperature, it can not be used for frying.

And you do not need to waste all of the flesh. Traditionally it is used as animal feed but it is tasty and fine enough to be used in pies, breads, and other pumpkin recipes.  Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 6 to 8 seeds.

 Information Sources:

  1. 1998 New York Times Article
  2. 2009 The Atlantic Article
  4. Wikipedia Article
  5. If you are interested in finding fresh pressed pumpkin seed oil (and other healthy products), check out the Seed Oil Company out of Grants Pass, Oregon -  They are a small, family operated, direct from farm to your family business that not only developed this pumpkin seed variety, they are also working to restore small-farm agriculture in their region.

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Better Than Expected
Although a watering issue in my garden led to a crop failure of these pumpkins for me this year, a friend was kind enough to bring me a pumpkin from one of the starts I had provided him with. I just got around to roasting the seeds yesterday, and they were amazing. Plump, sweet, and nutty with absolutely no hull to speak of.

A 10" pumpkin yielded a cup of seeds, and the seeds required almost no cleaning and separated from the "guts" easily. This is a great pumpkin to grow, particularly if you have livestock or chickens that will eat the flesh. I'm ordering more seeds this year!
Reviewed by: Rachel Langmaid from Coast Range, Oregon. on 2/13/2017
So Easy!
This pumpkin takes all the work out of pumpkin seeds. Planting requires some gentle handling, as the seeds are quite fragile without their protective hull. However, this is where the hassle ends. They germinated well, transplanted well, and grew with practically no attention other than regular watering. From two hills, we harvested around 14 ripe pumpkins. The seeds are delicious and all-purpose, with a nutty, earthy flavor. The flesh is best to feed to the chickens or pigs - get a good pie pumpkin if you're hoping for stringless, sweet pumpkin puree. This variety's gig is producing delicious pumpkin seeds with none of the work of cracking the hulls off, and it does it very well!
Reviewed by: Katie Bruce from Hillsboro, OR. on 2/13/2016
huge success
One of the 2015 crops that exceeded expectations. Our vines were huge, beautiful, and prolific. They produced 6-8 pumpkins per vine, and 1.5-2.25 cups of delicious hull-less seed per pumpkin. Super easy to grow and to remove the seeds. I've recommended this to gardening friends, and am allocating more space in our garden next year.
Reviewed by: Joel Robbins from Central Coast, California. on 12/3/2015
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Each vine does not produce a whole lot, maybe four or so but it is offset by the most wonderful pumpkin seed in the world. Each pumpkin does produce a fair amount of seed and it is easy to get them out of the cavity and clean them. They were easy to grow, not much maintenance, a pretty little pumpkin and it is easy to tell when its ripe. Never had squash borers in ten years of growing but they showed up in droves for this pumpkin. I vacuumed them up every morning. This year I will grow them in cut in half 55 gallon drums and keep the vines on a trellis so I can keep a better watch for the borers. They taste like butter! They are crisp, not meaty like regular pumpkin seeds, just a very delicate seed wonderful for snacking. I have to grow a lot more this year as they are like potato chips, you can't just eat a handful.
Reviewed by: Davilyn Eversz from Hi Desert, California. on 1/17/2015
Disappointed . . . Maybe I should blame the weather.
I am sorry to say I was very disappointed with this variety. On the positive side, the plants were good-looking: just 5 plants ended up covering 80 square feet of garden! The vines came on big and strong, and when in full leaf everything looked fine and lush.

But the pumpkins were useless. Most of them rotted right on the ground. They looked nice, but when you picked them up the bottoms fell out, they were found to be maggoty inside, and they stank.

Even the ones that looked smooth and perfect and survived being ever-so-carefully picked, developed soft, rotten spots while sitting on the kitchen counter. The seeds were of uneven quality, with maybe 1/3 being flat, white and underdeveloped, while another 1/3 were "post-mature" and sprouting while in the cavity of the pumpkin. The flesh of the pumpkin was soft, pale yellow and watery. Half of it was too mushy to use.

Sorry, like I said. Maybe I should blame the weather.

[ VSC Notes: I am sorry to hear about your disappointment, Julianne. Yes, it does sound like an issue with the conditions in your garden. If they are becoming infested with boring insects, that is something that you will need to actively look for throughout your growing season and take appropriate measures. Rotting where the fruits are contacting the soil is not a variety specific issue. You can address this by heavily mulching or otherwise getting the fruits off of the damp soil. Periodically turning them as they develop is also beneficial. Hope this helps. ~Mike ]
Reviewed by: Julianne Wiley from Upper East Tennessee. on 9/18/2014
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