These have been a fair success this year, last year we couldn't get them to germinate but this year we had a couple of healthy plants that produced 11 usable pumpkins and a couple of duds.
The duds picked up some kind of rot that rapidly took over the fruit and the results were not worth harvesting, flat, anemic seeds and collapsing flesh. They started like this and I still haven't figured out what the problem, or the solution is, comments welcome.
The successes however, have been ripening in the carport roof for about a month now and are a beautiful shade of, well, pumpkin. BTW, the suggestionf rom Kay baxter is to be careful of rain on well-developed fruit, there's a chance that the flush of water (and we had plenty of that at a critical time) encourages the seeds to sprout inside the fruit.
Fortunately, they ripen beautifully in a coolish, dry place like my carport.I wiped them down first with bleach to kill any moulds then with wormwood to make the unpalatable to rats and mice.
Today I opened a couple and extracted some nice fat seeds and learned something else; size ISN'T everything.The one on the left was about 5KG and the one on the left is about 4.5KG, its also rounder, if that makes any difference.
But the difference in product is siginifcant. The big one produced 50gm of seeds while the smaller one produced 160gm.
Now looking for recipes for the flesh, some (Kings seeds) say it is good to eat, others (Kay Baxter) that it is great for the pigs. Any ideas?