Heirloom Vegetable. Fairytale is an old variety from the south of France. Gorgeous, big, flat fruits are heavily ribbed and look amazingly similar to a big block of cheese. Fruits average 9 kg (20 lbs) and ripen to a rich mahogany brown when fully ripe. Deep orange flesh is fine grained and great for making soups, pies, tarts, dumplings and gnochi. Introduced here just before 1900 but grown in France long before that.
How to Grow
Pumpkin is a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Sow seed directly outdoors in late May through early June 2.5 cm (1″) deep in hills 2.4 m (8′) apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. Pumpkins do not transplant well–use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. For competition sized pumpkins, allow only two pumpkins per plant to mature. Protect mature pumpkins from frost and cold temperatures.