How long do the new white pumpkins last? We have a couple of the white ones...

Asked February 15, 2016, 9:54 AM EST

How long do the new white pumpkins last? We have a couple of the white ones from Halloween that are still firm! We have one in the house still firm and one outside in the freezing weather that nothing is even eating! Are they a different type of pumpkin?

Medina County Ohio pumpkins

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There are several new thick walled varieties of white pumpkins that have come out recently that are less prone to fruit rot organisms. You may have gotten one of these hardier varieties. If kept dry and at room temperature or maybe in a basement above freezing temps they can last a long time, though I cannot offer an exact length of time for how long they ultimately last. Once the temps warm up, the ones that froze outside will probably melt down due to tissue damage from the low temps.

Here is an article from the University of New Hampshire discussing some of the new developments in white pumpkins http://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2013/10/great-yellow-and-white-pumpkin

If you are interested in learning more about pumpkins and pumpkin production, OSU is hosting a small farm conference in Wooster this April which will feature a session on pumpkin production practices and variety selection. Find out more here: http://agnr.osu.edu/sites/agnr/files/imce/pdfs/events/WoosterSmallFarmConfBro2016.pdf

If you have other questions, feel free to contact the Medina County Extension office at 330-725-4911.