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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.

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 10 seeds.

[ Note: 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 - www.SeedOilCompany.com.  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.]

 Information Sources:

  1. 1998 New York Times Article
  2. 2009 The Atlantic Article
  3. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu07/pdfs/bavec185-189.pdf
  4. Wikipedia Article

Customer Reviews Average Rating review
Crazy cool
The vines are quite large and the male flowers are sometimes triplets or twins. However my plants are quite conservative with the female flowers, only setting about three or for within a reasonable amount of time. Also very tough plants and vigorous, they have thrived even with chickens breaking into the garden and trampling them quite a fiew times.
Reviewed by: Nick Walsh from Blacksburg VA. on 7/13/2014
Gorgeous Pumpkin Seeds
We love these pumpkins! The seeds are delicious and the flesh is thick. We made lots of puree for pie and the kids carved jack-o-lanterns with the rest. Great Variety! Will definitely grow again!
Reviewed by: Joanna Dale from Post Falls, ID -Zone 6-. on 11/1/2012
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