Letters K, L - 140 pumpkin, squash, and gourd types (and where to buy seeds).

K

67 - Kabocha Squash

Photo: Rareseeds
The Japanese variety. Cute, small, green. It looks like a mini-pumpkin. It is known for its chestnut flavor and creamy texture. It has rugged skin with faint white stripes and spots. It's sweeter than butternut squash. It has orange flesh.
Available in the Fall & Winter.
Seeds to buy on Amazon.

68 - Kakai Pumpkin/Squash

Photo: Pixabay
Exceptionally beautiful. Small to medium. Yellow, green, or orange with gorgeous green and light-green streaks. It has a hard, long handle. It has yellow to light-orange delicious flesh. Its hull-less seeds are ideal for roasting.
Available in the Fall.
You can buy seeds at
Rareseeds.

69 - Knucklehead Pumpkin 
(Superfreak)
Photos: Pixabay
Small & medium. Round or oblong with moderate ribbing, covered with warts and bumps. Green when immature, orange when mature (warts can remain green, though). It's often used for decorating and carving purposes because of its exceptional look. It has a sturdy handle and sweet yellow flesh (ideal for baking).
Available in the Fall and early Winter.
Seeds can be bought on Amazon.

L

70 - Lil’ Pumpkemon
Photos: Pixabay
Miniature pumpkin
( 1-2 lb ) with white skin and orange & green stripes. It's ribbed and flattened which makes it a good Thanksgiving centerpiece. Great for stuffing. 
Available in the Fall.
You can buy seeds
at Harris Seeds website.

71 - Lil' Orange Mon
Beautiful miniature pumpkin ( 1-2 lb ). Orange with light-orange spots. It's ribbed, flattened with a long, thin stem.
Available in the Fall.
You can buy seeds at Harris Seeds website.

72 - Lumina Pumpkin

Medium to big, round with moderate ribbing. It has a  smooth white rind and orange flesh. Great for carving (looks like a ghost) and decor.
Available in the late Summer and early Fall.
You can buy seeds on Amazon.

73 - Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

North America staple.
Medium to large, flattened, wide, ribbed. It looks like a wheel of cheese. Color range: light orange, dull orange, mildew orange, pinkish-orange. The flesh is bright orange & ideal for pies.
Available in the Fall.
You can buy seeds
at Rareseeds.

74 - Long of Naples Squash
Photo: Rareseeds
Long & large, green to dark-green with faint light-green streaks. Skin is smooth, sometimes slightly ribbed. It looks like a giant peanut. It can be slightly bent. It can weigh between 20-50 lb. The flesh is bright orange and sweet.
Available in the Summer.
You can buy seeds on Amazon.

75 - Lakota Squash
Photos: Rareseeds
Small, drop-shaped. Has slightly ribbed, rugged skin. It's bright orange, often with barely visible whitish spots and with green streaks at the bottom. It has a sweet, nutty flavor. It's a great fall decor piece, too.
Available in the Fall.
You can buy seeds on
at Rareseeds.

76 - Loche Squash
Photo by
Miguel Alan Córdova Silva
( MiguelAlanCS ).
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
Peru heirloom. Oblong or pear-shaped. It has mildew-green or mildew-blue skin with bumps here and there. It has bright yellow flesh. Ideal for making creamy soups.
Available in the Winter.
Very rare in other parts of the world.

77 - La Estrella Pumpkin

Round, slightly flattened with green (when immature) and dull-orange (when mature) rind covered with whitish streaks and spots that look like constellations. It has yellow flesh and it is grown in Tropics and Subtropics. Very rare.

78 - Lagenaria

Lagenaria is a type of gourd. It contains six species: Lagenaria abyssinica,Lagenaria breviflora, Lagenaria guineensis, Lagenaria rufa, Lagenaria siceraria, Lagenaria sphaerica. They are all tropical fruits and they grow in Africa. The most popular of them Lagenaria siceraria (calabash /bottle gourd) is domesticated and grown outside of Africa.

Lagenaria siceraria (Calabash/Bottle gourd)


Photos: Pixabay

Sometimes confused with calabash tree fruits. Although they look similar, calabash gourd grows on climbing vine. When it's fresh it can be consumed as a vegetable (it has light-green skin and white flesh), when it's mature its shell becomes hard and can be used to make bottles and other containers. It comes in a variety of shapes (cylindrical, snake-like, round, bottle-shaped, pear-shaped). Seeds to buy on Amazon.

Popular Lagenaria siceraria varieties:
Speckled Swan.
Photo: Pixabay
Beautiful and quirky gourd. Its shape resembles a swan. It has a wide bottom, slim curved neck (slightly swollen and at the top). Top of the gourd resembles swans head (with is handle often looking like a beak). It has deep-green skin with white speckles. 
Seeds available on Amazon.

Long Handled Dipper 


Photos: Pixabay

They have long necks (sometimes curved or slightly curved) and bulbous bottom. They can be consumed as fruits when young and used to make bottles or ladles when they're mature. They are green colored and become brown when dried. When their necks are curved they look almost identical to swan gourds. You can try and bend young fruits to gave their neck quirky shapes, you can leave it to chance, or grow them on the trellis to achieve straight handle look. They usually grow up to one meter. Seeds available on Amazon.

Powderhorn or Penguin Gourd
Well, they look just like penguins. They're between 9 and 14 inches tall. Green-colored when young, brown when matured and dried. Seeds available on Amazon.

Mayo Bule Gourd
Photo: Rareseeds
Originally from Mexico. Light-green, pear-shaped. It has a smooth skin, but the bottom part of the fruit is covered with light-green warts. Used to make containers.
Seeds available at Rareseeds.


Kikinda Competition Gourd 
Kikinda Competition Strain Edible Gourd. Photos: Rareseeds.
Can grow up to 5-7’. Fruits are light green, tender (before they reach 4’). Named in honor of a small village in East Serbia known for its pumpkin festival. It must be grown on a trellis to remain straight. Seeds available at Rareseeds.

Cucuzza Squash
Cucuzzi, Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourd, Photo: Rareseeds
Up to two feet long. Long, green. Usually, straight, sometimes slightly curved. Resembles snake gourds and sponge gourds.
You can buy seeds
at Rareseeds.

Lagenaria abyssinica
Small and medium. Oval shaped. Deep -green skin with light- green spots. The flesh is light-green. The fruit is used to make containers and instruments. Note: all the fruits from the Lagenaria family can be consumed when young, but are usually used when mature (shells becomes hard) for making containers and bottles.

79 - Lady Godiva Squash
Photos: Rareseeds
Medium-sized. Round or oblong -shaped. Skin is smooth, orange, or yellow with wide deep-green colored streaks. Its seeds are hull-less and perfect for roasting.
Available in the Fall.
Seeds to buy
at Rareseeds.


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