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Heirloom Review: Rouge Vif D'etampes


This post is part of a series of heirlooms that I'm reviewing that we grew for the 2013 year. I'm becoming more and more fond of heirlooms as the gardening years go by. Sure hybrids have lots to offer for that peak yield performance or disease resistance, but what about taste? What about looks? Heirlooms offer character to your harvests and are a fantastic way to ensure seed diversity as our current mono-agriculture has vastly reduced seed genetics. Many heirlooms are too fragile for our modern day grocery transportation so they offer gardeners a unique opportunity to explore wondrous tastes that have almost vanished in our current food supply.
Read the full review here: http://littlemountainhaven.blogspot.ca/2013/12/heirloom-review-rouge-vif-detampes.html
This variety has gorgeous deep ridges.
This variety has gorgeous deep ridges.
The Rouge Vif D'etampes start off yellow, not green like most pumpkins.
The Rouge Vif D'etampes start off yellow, not green like most pumpkins.
Over time they change to a deep orange red colour.
Over time they change to a deep orange red colour.
Large heart shaped leaves
Large heart shaped leaves
Pumpkins take up a lot of room
Pumpkins take up a lot of room
The ones we've grown vary from size from 15lbs -45lbs
The ones we've grown vary from size from 15lbs -45lbs
Can you spot the  Rouge Vif D'etampes?
Can you spot the Rouge Vif D'etampes?

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  • MJ Hughes
    on May 18, 2015

    I have grown these for three seasons and love them. Sometimes they develop a beautiful deep green with orange highlights. The are sweet, great tasting and are good keepers. The seed can be purchased on line at several places that specialize in organic/healthy/heirloom vegetables. Just google the Rouge d'Etampe seeds

  • Karin Outen
    on Jun 7, 2015

    Beautiful. Love those huge heart shaped leaves too.

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