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Pumpkin, Cinderella, Rouge Etampes

Pumpkin, Cinderella, Rouge Etampes  Winter Squash 95-100 days  Mid-Late Large winter pumpkin about 15-20 pounds.  Rouge Vif D’Etampes is a French heirloom squash varietal that is brightly colored with a flattened and ridged shape, similar to a fairytale pumpkin. Characteristically rich and bright orange to red in color, "Rouge vif" means "vivid red", tying the sh’s name to its physical appearance. Often times this squash has been described as having the appearance of a giant red cheese wheel. The flesh of the Rouge Vif D’Etampes is mild in flavor and dense in texture.  Fruits are flat, heavily ribbed, with red/orange smooth skin and are about 15" in diameter.  This centuries-old French heirloom pumpkin looks just like the coach in the fairytale Cinderella. The glowing orange color contrasts magically with the very pronounced lobes and flattened top. Tasty, orange flesh transforms pies and savory dishes. Each plant sends out 10 foot vines with up to 6 fruit as large as 15 inches across.   Excellent taste good for pies, risotto, soups and baking.  My favorite of all the winter squashes.

This delightful Rouge Vif D’Etampes pumpkin is a highly ornamental variety. Its stunning color and unique shape make it fit for a fairy tale. This classic heirloom was mentioned as the most popular pumpkin in Parisian markets of the 1880s. The name translates to “Vivid red from Etampes” a nod to the medieval town just south of Paris where it was grown for market. W. Atlee Burpee was the first to introduce Rouge Vif D’Etampes to U.S. gardeners in 1883. The attractive shape and color make this a phenomenal decoration for autumn displays. More than just a pretty pumpkin, this variety is the standard for French soup stocks. The fruit can reach up to 20 pounds a piece and will store well, keeping nutritious squash on the menu all winter long.  As pumpkin farmers and direct market sellers we are able to see the joy this pumpkin evokes.  It turns into a great Pumpkin Pie, too!


Approximately 3 seeds per gram.  

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