Small Sugar pumpkins are a variety of pumpkin that are known for their small size, sweet flavor, and versatility in cooking. They are also known as “pie pumpkins” because of their sweeter taste and smooth texture which make them ideal for baking and cooking. They are smaller than the larger carving pumpkins and are typically 3-4 pounds.
Small Sugar pumpkins have a smooth, deep orange skin and a sweet, dense flesh that is high in antioxidants and beta-carotene. They are typically used in pies, breads, soups and casseroles, but can also be roasted, pureed, or used in savory dishes. Their small size makes them easy to handle and store and they can be used fresh or canned.
To grow Small Sugar pumpkins, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Pumpkins prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. The seeds should be planted in a sunny location, in hills about 2-3 inches deep, about 6-8 inches apart. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Once the plants are established, they require regular fertilization.
Small Sugar pumpkins are a warm-season crop and they typically take about 80-100 days to mature. They are ready for harvest when the skin is hard, the stem is dry and the color is uniform. They can be stored for several months in a cool, dry place.
It’s worth noting that Small Sugar pumpkins are a great choice for gardeners who want to add a sweet and flavorful pumpkin to their harvest, as well as for those who want to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin puree or other pumpkin-based dishes.