Geleux D'Eysines Pumpkin
This salmon-coloured pumpkin is a great example of the incredible diversity of heirloom vegetables. Growing up to the 10kg mark, it is covered in unique peanut shell-like protrusions caused by sugars that leach through the skin as the pumpkin is maturing. The flesh of this pumpkin has an intense orange colour, smooth texture and a deep, sweet flavour perfect for slow roasting or turning into a delicious soup. The flowers from this pumpkin are also extremely large and tasty.
Botanically, Galeux D’Eysines is part of the Cucurbitaceae family, and is native to Central America and southwest USA, where they were common wild plants, with remnants of pumpkin seeds having been found in settlements used by indigenous populations in Mexico dating back to 8500BC. It is believed that by 650BC, pumpkin seeds had spread to China while, following the European arrival at the Americas, pumpkins appeared in Europe by the 16th century. Considered a false berry, with the remnants of their calyxes still discernible, pumpkins are the largest of any fruit and take 90-120 days to mature after sowing. The Galeux D’Eysines is named after the French town of Eysines where it originated and is mentioned in the French seed producer Vilmorin-Andrieux’s famous album, Des Plantes Potagères, which dates back to 1883. It has also been referred to as Brode Galeux D’Eysines, which sounds elegant, but translates as “embroidered with warts from Eysines”.