Saturday, September 13, 2008

we. be. little.

pumpkin season begins very, very small...


I came across these miniature sweeties at Chicago Green City Market early this morning before the rains blew in across Lake Michigan and took away my photographic light. Perhaps I was punchy from too little sleep, too much rain on my head or the many fumes from painting my home…but the name of these adorable little pumpkins just ticked me all day…we be little…lol…


I learned from their Indiana grower that the we be little pumpkins are extra small, well rounded with a smooth skin, no ribbing and range from 3 to 6 inches in diameter.
The white pumpkin variety has three types: Baby Boo, Lumina and White Ghost.

Baby Boo is a bright, white pumpkin with deep ribs and a tendency to turn yellow in bright sunlight.

The Lumina babies are a brilliant white pumpkin with smooth, bright yellow skin.
It is highly valued for its flavor.

The White Ghost, which is also known as the Valencia, has pure white skin and bright yellow flesh. It is usually used for painting or decorating and only occasionally for cooking.

I have to say I went a bit overboard purchasing quite a few of these we be little pumpkins as they tickled my fancy. It will be interesting to see how I am able to use them in recipes after I finish photographing these tiny first gems of autumn.

4 comments:

Eduard van said...

What great story and funny names. I'm curious how the inside will look like (also white? I don't think so). And what can you make with these?

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Merci for your visit Eduard...
I will be doing a follow up post showing these cut and cooked.
These all are golden yellow orange on the inside, with the Baby Boo the palest color.
I plan on roasting these baby pumpkins to see how they taste later in the week.

A Brush with Color said...

They are lovely--I am always drawn to those tiny pumpkins come this time of year! I can't wait to see photos you come up with, and if you make something with them I hope you share it--I'd love to hear how they taste! Great photos here!

Camera Crazy said...

I just had to come to your beautiful blog to lift my spirits. What a darling name--doesn't everyone like tiny things? Good luck with the torrential rains!