How and When to Harvest Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Long Island cheese pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) looks like an artisan cheese wheel and therefore has this particular name. This variety of pumpkins grows to weigh between 6 and 10 pounds (2.8 to 4.5 kg). Learn how and when to harvest long island cheese pumpkin for a great harvest.

Long Island cheese pumpkin is also known as “Cinderella Pumpkin”. This pumpkin has a very tasty deep orange flesh. A wide variety of dishes can be prepared. Like almost all pumpkins, the long island cheese pumpkin is rich in vitamins A, C, and potassium.

Long Island cheese pumpkin lost popularity in the 1970s to other cultivars that were easier to process and can in the industry. Long Island locals came together to create the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Project and not lose this variety of pumpkins. Continue reading to find out how and when to harvest long island cheese pumpkin.

When to Harvest Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

When to Harvest Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Long Island cheese pumpkin takes about 100 days to mature. But you don’t just have to count ripening days to know when to harvest the long island cheese pumpkin. Once you see the leaves of the long island cheese pumpkin begin to wilt, that’s a good sign that the pumpkin is reaching maturity.

Also, you can press with your fingernail on the skin of the long island cheese pumpkin, if you press on the skin of the pumpkin there is a mark that it is not ripe yet. A ripe long island cheese pumpkin will have hard skin.

A long island cheese pumpkin when ripe will weigh between 6 and 10 pounds (2.8 to 4.5 kg). So, to know when to harvest long island cheese pumpkin you should observe the hardness of the skin, the vine leaves, and the ripening days which are approximately 100 days. By following these tips, you will be able to harvest the long island cheese pumpkin correctly and then store it for a long time.

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When to Pick Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Long Island cheese pumpkin will be ready for harvest in approximately 100 days.

How to Harvest Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

How to Harvest Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Harvesting long island cheese pumpkin is very simple, you will only need a knife or pruning shears to cut the stems. Disinfect your tools before harvesting long island cheese pumpkin. Not all long island cheese pumpkins will ripen at the same time, only harvest the pumpkins that you observe ripely.

Leave a small 1” to 2” (2.5 to 5 cm) stem on the long island cheese pumpkin for better storage and preservation. Never pull on the vine to harvest long island cheese pumpkin because it could damage the plant.

Be sure to harvest all long island cheese pumpkins before frost begins, or the pumpkins will be damaged by the cold. Once harvested, the long island cheese pumpkins must be cured for proper storage.

How to Store Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

How to Store Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? To consume and store the long island cheese pumpkin, curing must first be done. Choose a place with good ventilation and where the pumpkins are protected from rain. Place the pumpkins (not stacked) for 10 to 14 days for curing to complete. The ideal curing temperature for long island cheese pumpkin is between 80 and 85 °F (27 to 29 °C).

Once the curing process was done, you will be able to store the long island cheese pumpkin for several months. Normally, I store my long island cheese pumpkins for up to six months, but I know people who successfully stored them for up to a year. You can store long island cheese pumpkin in a garage with a temperature of 50 and 55 °F (10 to 13 °C).

As the long island cheese pumpkin has no strings, it makes it special for cooking and preparing a variety of dishes such as pumpkin pie or soups.

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How to Store Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Long Island cheese pumpkin can be stored for many months in a cool, dry place.

Final Conclusions

Long Island cheese pumpkin is one of my favorite pumpkins because, as the pulp is without strings, it is ideal for preparing a pumpkin pie or an exquisite soup. Also, you can prepare delicious pumpkin ravioli.

I hope you find this article about how and when to harvest long island cheese pumpkin useful and have an excellent harvest. I recommend our articles about how often to water pumpkins and how long does it take for pumpkins to grow.

About Julia Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for TheGardenStyle.com as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website. We hope that all our advice will be useful to you and that you will become an expert gardener.