Louie’s Pumpkin Patch
Welcome to Louie's Pumpkin Patch!
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Our goal is to introduce pumpkins and squash into Swedish cuisine. This is done by growing, demonstrating, and exhibiting many different varieties of pumpkins and squash.
A little about myself
My hobby is growing squash and pumpkins. I'm an American who brought this hobby with me to Sweden, along with my wife Myra and daughter Kassie in 1972. By profession I have been a plant breeder working mainly with cereals. In 2001 I had more than 150 different varieties, which I have received from all over the world. I have been having trials here in Sweden since 1973. I have trialed about 580 varieties and experimentals of squash, pumpkins and gourds. I have also trialed about 35 varieties of ornamental and sweet corn. At present I am usually trialing about 70 varieties of squash, pumpkins and gourds. I am also trialing about 7 varieties of sweet corn.
These trials have been mainly for selecting early types that do well here. It is also very interesting to see the variation occurring in Cucurbita. I had along with a friend been trying for many years to introduce various types of summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins into the Swedish diet. This went very slowly, but one can see today the greater variation found in the supermarkets. We've also been trying to get more farmers and households to grow a larger variety of squashes and pumpkins. Halloween has become very popular here. My main interest has however been in gourmet types.
See the Progress Reports which were sent to participating seed suppliers.
See Where is Sweden? This is a paper presented at the "Cucurbitaceae 2000" held in Israel March 19-23, 2000. This describes some of our work and results.
only in Swedish (endast på svenska):
I have also written an article published in the Journal of the Swedish Seed Association, Vol 3:97-107. There are several pictures of me and my pumpkins, along with information about the varieties of Cucurbita that can be grown in Sweden. There are tips on how to grow pumpkins as well as how to use them, including several delicious recipes. The nutritional values of different varities of pumpkins and squash are compared to other vegetables. Cucurbita i Sverige och världen.
Our granddaughter thinks Grandpa's grey winter squash developed in New Zealand by Hybrid Seed Company New Zealand Ltd (www.hybridseed.co.nz) is very sweet. Notice that her dish is empty and she is showing off her two new front teeth. Her bib says, "I love Grandpa".
After cooking, mix in blender until smooth. Add nothing -- it is already sweet and full of vitamin A.