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They Grow Pumpkins With No Seed Hull
The Pie-Pita F1 pumpkin from High Mowing Organic Seeds makes great pies and good snacking thanks to its hulless seeds that can even be pressed for oil. University trials suggest the 2 to 3-lb. pumpkins can produce in excess of 500 lbs. of seed per acre.
“People love them,” says Paul Betz, High Mowing Organic Seeds. “It is a high-quality, sugar pumpkin for pies, custards and such, and the seeds are really nice roasted. Unlike with hulled seed, you can eat them without getting hulls stuck in your teeth. Plus the pumpkin stores really well.”
Betz explains that other pie pumpkins often don’t store past Christmas. The Pie-Pitas store into March, which can extend sales for market gardeners growing them.
The Pie-Pita is a relatively new pumpkin. Developed by Dr. Brent Loy at the University of New Hampshire, High Mowing Organic Seeds chose select lines to try producing them. The company first grew them on their farm in 2017. An ad ran on the web in 2018, and they were offered in the print catalog for 2019.
“This past year we sold a lot of the Pie-Pita seed to commercial growers who had sampled it in 2019,” says Betz. “We expect to sell even more of our 2,500-seed packs to them this coming year.”
Sales were good to home gardeners as well, adds Betz. “It’s a real high-quality eating pumpkin, and is exceptionally easy to work with when baking,” he says. “It is not as smooth as a Kabocha type, but easy to manage.”
The high level of seed production in Pie Pita pumpkins raises the potential for a third use. Oil from pumpkin seed is exported from Austria and Slovenia. Known as Styrian oil, it is made from a hulless seed from a local variety. The oil has a nutty flavor, is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and is used in salad dressings.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, High Mowing Organic Seeds, 76 Quarry Rd.,
Wolcott, Vt. 05680 (ph 802 472-6174; toll free 866 735-4454; www.highmowingseeds.com).

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