If you have a flat, white pumpkin on your hands, it’s probably a Flat White Boer Pumpkin! This creamy white, squat, subtly ribbed pumpkin is so fun in decorative displays – and it’s pretty good eating, too.
ALSO KNOWN AS: Flat White Boer Ford Pumpkin
TASTE: Very sweet with a fine texture.
FAVORITE PREPARATIONS: Very popular in pies and other baking.
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About Flat White Boer Pumpkin
Originating in South Africa, this charming pumpkin is one of the most uniquely shaped white pumpkin varieties. It’s the perfect stackable pumpkin, ideal for front porch pumpkin topiaries. Large in size, it can range from 10 pounds to upwards of 30 pounds!
It sports a thin, white skin, which makes it easy for cutting – but don’t worry, it still stores very well!
Nutrition & Benefits
Is Flat White Boer Pumpkin healthy? Yes! Like most pumpkins, its bright orange flesh is high in fiber and full of nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins A & C and more.
How to Prepare & Cook Flat White Boer Pumpkin
Preparing a Flat White Boer to cook can be a little awkward due to its size and shape. This is the best way I’ve found to prep flat pumpkins like this:
- Wash your pumpkin well to remove dirt and debris.
- Place the pumpkin on a large cutting board or countertop.
- With a heavy, sharp knife, cut the pumpkin from top to bottom, into quarters.
- Scoop out the seeds. I like to use a sturdy ice cream scoop.
To cook Flat White Boer for pumpkin puree, place wedges with one of the cut sides down on a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until easily pierced with a fork – time to cook will depend on the size of the wedges, but I’d start checking at the 25-minute mark (it could take up to twice that amount of time).
Allow the flesh to cool then peel the skin off and discard. Add flesh to a high-powered blender or food processor and process until smooth, adding a little water if needed to keep it moving until pureed.
If you display and/or cook your own Flat White Boer Pumpkin, be sure to snap a pic and share with me on Instagram. I’d love to see!