The Connecticut Field pumpkin is a type of pumpkin. It is an heirloom variety, the “standard” and “classic”pumpkin, “one of the oldest pumpkins in existence”. Widely used for autumn decorations, either whole or as jack-o’-lanterns, it is also suitable for culinary purposes. Said to differ little from squash grown by Native Americans in pre-Columbian times, the name “Connecticut Field pumpkin” references the area where the ancestral variety was found, as well as the traditional system of planting pumpkins in corn fields.
Like most pumpkins, ‘Connecticut Field’ is large (15–25 pounds (6.8–11.3 kg)), round, and orange, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin.
The ‘New England Pie’ or ‘Small Sugar’ pumpkin, “the standard pie type”, is said to be a strain of this cultivar,smaller in size but with superior cooking properties. ‘Howden’ or ‘Howden’s Field’, a cultivar selected from ‘Connecticut Field’ for improved production and uniformity of fruits, is “the original commercial jack-o’-lantern pumpkin”.
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