Rouge d'Etampes Pumpkin – "Cucurbita pepo"
We just got done this morning pulling the last of these pumpkins out of our garden…this year was a bumper crop! Also known as the "Cinderella" pumpkin, Rouge d'Etampes grow into a squat pumpkin so brightly orange, it almost seems to glow in the dark.
In my opinion, they are fairly easy pumpkins to grow and very prolific. We got over a dozen nice pumpkins from three plants. Like most members of the squash family, the Rouge d'Etampes needs plenty of space to grow. By mid-summer, ours had taken over the entire garden and was making a bid for the backyard.
An heirloom plant, which has been around for many years, the Rouge d'Etampes is not only decorative but useful in the kitchen . Their meat makes a good pie, soup, or other yummy baked goods. The roasted seeds will make your parrots happy! And so that nothing goes to waste, here is a recipe for using the shell as a pumpkin soup tureen.