Possible Pumpkin Colors

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Pumpkins range in color from white to red with many variations between.

The mere mention of pumpkins typically conjures up images of smiling Jack-o-lanterns set aglow by hidden candles. These traditional pumpkins sport coats of nearly blaze orange, giving rise to the use of orange in autumn decor. Not all pumpkins are orange, however. Pumpkins run a gamut of colors.

  1. White

    Blues, Greens and Grays

    • Some pumpkins are green or blue at maturity.
      Some pumpkins are green or blue at maturity.

      Several pumpkin varieties are blue, green and blue-green. "Marina Di Chioggia," which is an Italian heirloom pumpkin, features a blue-green skin with a knobby texture. It is prized for baking, but makes a striking Jack-o-lantern of a different color. "Queensland Blue," an Australian pumpkin variety. features a blue-green skin with deep ribbing and also is prized for baking. "Jarrahdale," which is native to Australia, has gray-green skin with deep ribs.

    Striped or Variegated

    • Striped pumpkins add usual colors to displays.
      Striped pumpkins add usual colors to displays.

      Several pumpkin cultivars produce striking variegated versions of the traditional orange color. "La Estrella" is orange with gray-green stripes, while "Kakai" is orange with dark green ribs and "Cushaw" ranges from cream to gold with green stripes. "American Tondra" develops to a golden orange or yellow with deep green ribs

    Reds and Pinks

    • Some pumpkins are deep red-orange or a shade of red or pink.
      Some pumpkins are deep red-orange or a shade of red or pink.

      Pumpkins aren't limited to earthy shades. Unusual shades of red and pink add variety to autumn displays. "Red Warty" ripens to bright red and has warts, making it an unusual pumpkin specimen. "Rouge Vif d'Estampes," a French heirloom variety, and "Red Lakota," an American heirloom variety, ripen to shades of pink, red and red-orange.

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