HERB - pompions = pumpkins?

SCOTT A WAGGONER maynedelacroix at juno.com
Wed Apr 29 17:57:51 PDT 1998

I believe that i heard the same about gourds as well as turnips now that
I think about it.

On Wed, 29 Apr 1998 10:21:32 EDT Roos cc <Rooscc at aol.com> writes:
>This is one of those miserable areas where the 
>disciplines don't fit together. Bailey would support
>the idea that there were some Old World squash/
>pumpkins, but the current botanists specializing
>in this genus say no. They had gourds, and whatever
>you see pre-1492 that looks like a squash or pumpkin 
>was really a gourd. (Or until counterproof shows up.)
>This is obviously an on-going battle--they  publish
>whole books on it!
>Post New World pompions had more pronounced ribs
>than our favorite jack-o'lantern varieties today, and
>were more squat than round. There are some heritage
>varieties--try the smaller French ones--which have
>the right look.
>I grow the delightful hybrid pattypan squash Sunburst
>as a representative of the Great Buckler pompion. It
>isn't of course, but it "looks right" shape wise and
>is easy to grow. The big plus is that it looks beautiful,
>which tempts people to try it, even though they
>are not inclined to like squash. ;-)
>Alysoun de Ros
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