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.