"Cucurbita moschata" This flat, lightly ribbed pumpkin looks like a wheel of cheese with a buff, tan colored skin. It is a beautiful 6-10lb. heirloom variety that stores well, being a great addition to fall ornamental displays.
In the 1800s, cookbooks and farmers almanacs in the Long Island Sound cited the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin as a regional favorite. It is very versatile and most parts of the plant are edible including the shell, flesh, seeds, and flowers. The flesh can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted.