I bet you didn’t know there were 42 types of pumpkins, did you? Neither did I; I knew there were a lot of varieties because they are everywhere this time of year and for me, they are hard to resist!
You see, I have this “thing” I call Pumpkin Fever. It starts ummm…late September and by mid-October, it has completely consumed me! I can’t go anywhere without buying a pumpkin during Pumpkin Season, whether they are real or the retail variety (as in faux).
I guess I could have worse afflictions than Pumpkin Fever – for example, I could have Skeleton Fever or Zombie Fever and then my home would really look entirely different! Or, I could be that “cat lady who lives down the street” and have Black Cat Fever!
Anyway, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pumpkin photos that I’ve taken the last 3 years to illustrate some of the 42 types of pumpkins there are in the universe. The reason I say “some” photos is because I’ve yet to come across all the 42 types of pumpkins out there. But now that I’m retired, I’ve added that to my bucket list – see all 42 types of pumpkins before I kick the bucket. I think that’s a worthy bucket list addition because that means I’ll be visiting many more pumpkin patches over the next few years and that’s not a bad thing in my book!
This is one of my favorite pumpkin patches – Bates Nut Farm – in north eastern San Diego County. I’ve lost count as to the number of times I have been to Bates Nut Farm because they not only have an awesome pumpkin patch every year, but have other great events throughout the year, like craft fairs and special exhibits. With over 100 acres in a beautiful valley, Bates Nut Farm is a truly special place. And, the drive to get there is so beautiful – a windy, tree-lined rural road in a peaceful valley.
This is a pile of Wee-Be-Little pumpkins in a box at Bates Nut Farm.
Here’s a Wee-Be-Little pumpkin on my kitchen table (I gave it a bath). Don’t you love the stem with the vine attached?
Speaking of tiny little pumpkins, this is a crystal bowl filled with Jack-Be-Little pumpkins, also on my kitchen table (I like to change things up). Those are palm trees in my backyard in the background. September and October are really hot months in Southern California and palm trees do very well here.
These, too, are Jack-Be-Little pumpkins on my kitchen table. I couldn’t decide which photo I liked better, so I’m sharing both!
And, this is a pile of Munchkin pumpkins at another pumpkin patch in Southern California. It’s called Mountain Valley Ranch and I haven’t made it there, yet, this year.
This is the Fairytale Pumpkins sign at Bates Nut Farm.
And this is a Fairytale pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm. Actually, I think this is really a Cinderella pumpkin. The difference is in the color. Cinderella pumpkins are orange and Fairytale pumpkins are peach with green striations.
This is a Howden pumpkin growing in a field at Mountain Valley Ranch in San Diego County. Howden pumpkins are one of the most popular variety for pumpkin carving because of their size and perfection.
Here’s another Howden pumpkin – this one used as a sign to announce a pumpkin patch down the road.
Here’s a field full of carving pumpkins about 10 miles down the road from us at Mountain Valley Ranch. Aren’t the scarecrows cute? Moving on…
This is the stem of a Rock Star pumpkin. Rock Star pumpkins also have preferred status as carving pumpkins. I guess the name, Rock Star pumpkin, is a dead giveaway. One of the differences between a Rock Star pumpkin and a Howden pumpkin is that Rock Star pumpkins have this beautiful blue-green stem. This Rock Star pumpkin is in a blue wheelbarrow, thus the glorious background. Sometimes I just get plain ol’ lucky when it comes to composition, lighting and subject matter and this was one of those zen moments. This is one of my favorite photos.
This is a Rock Star pumpkin basking in the glow of the hot afternoon sun at Bates Nut Farm.
These are two Rock Star pumpkins in an orange wheelbarrow at Bates Nut Farm. So perfect and lovely!
And this is my blue wheelbarrow full of pumpkins are Bates Nut Farm. The blue one in front is a Jarrahdale pumpkin. There are also Rock Star pumpkins, Munchkin pumpkins, White Ghost pumpkins, Baby Boo pumpkins (the little white ones) and Wee-Be-Little pumpkins. Oh, I think there is a Pie pumpkin in there too! Did I miss anything?
Here’s another blue wheelbarrow full of various pumpkins. Two different years, but I’m guessing you see a theme going on here – I like blue wheelbarrows and I like lots of different pumpkins!
This is a Lil’ Pumpkemon pumpkin on top of a White Ghost pumpkin by my front door. The Lil’ Pumpkemon is quite distinctive because of the orange stripes on the white pumpkin. So cute!
These are Casper pumpkins, so named because they are white.
And this is a pile of Lumina pumpkins. Actually, I don’t know that for sure – these could be White Ghosts or Casper or Lumina pumpkins – I truly don’t know how to distinguish between them. They are all white and about medium-sized.
This is a Pink Porcelain Doll pumpkin on my office desk. I loved this pumpkin because of its beautiful color, but also because it was misshaped and lopsided. A reminder that we all don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!
Now on to the Big Mac pumpkins – the ones that take our breath away (literally, have you ever tried to lift one?).
A field of Big Mac pumpkins at Bates Nut Farm.
A giant Big Mac pumpkin on a bale of hay at Bates Nut Farm.
More Big Mac pumpkins in a field at Bates Nut Farm. This is proof that Bates Nut Farm does raise pumpkins, but the demand is so high because they are such a popular destination, that they do truck in other pumpkins.
And even more Big Mac pumpkins at Bates Nut Farm with Wee-Be-Little pumpkins on a table in the background.
And if real pumpkins aren’t your thing, you can buy velvet ones or felt ones in the store at Bates Nut Farm…
Or ones made of plastic or tin or glass…so many choices!
Here’s the list of 42 types of pumpkins (just in case you were wondering):
- American Tonda
- Amish Pie
- Baby Bear
- Baby Boo
- Baby Pam Sugar Pie
- Big Mac
- Big Max
- Big Rock
- Cinderelle (aka Rouge Vif d’Etampes)
- Cotton Candy
- Cushaw Gold
- Cushaw Green
- Fairytale (aka Musque de Provence)
- Full Moon
- Halloween in Paris
- Howden Biggie
- Iron Man
- La Estella
- Lil’ Pumpkemon
- Long Island Cheese
- Marina de Chioggia
- New England Pie
- Old Zebs
- One Too Many
- Orange Smoothie
- Pink Porcelain Doll
- Queensland Blue
- Red Warty Thing
- Rock Star
- Snack Jack
- White Ghost
Oh, that’s 50 types of pumpins! Shusshhh…don’t tell anyone that I can’t count. Trying to keep things at 42 for the “4 Two” thing in the Toot Sweet 4 Two name. So, just consider the rest bonus content.