Heirloom pumpkins are those that are passed down from generation to generation, sometimes dating back several centuries. These pumpkins are often large, lumpy, bumpy, and imperfect. Which is why – in my opinion – they’re so, well, perfect. That they have a long history – unique to each variety – is pretty cool, too.

I thought I’d share with you 15 of my favorite varieties of heirlooms for decorating and for eating. With the exception of Winter Luxury, these pumpkins, with their thick rinds, tend to have a long storage life. So after November, I will often pull them off of my porch and tuck them away in storage so I can enjoy cooking them all winter long.

Winter Luxury Pumpkin

Winter Luxury Pumpkin

Vibrant orange with wide stripes of cork-like netting, Winter Luxury Pumpkin adds unique texture to displays while also making some of the best pumpkin pie you’ll ever taste. Dating back to 1893, this medium heirloom pumpkin is about the same size as a sugar pumpkin. Unlike most heirlooms, Winter Luxury does not store very well – so be sure to enjoy it in your Thanksgiving pies! More about Winter Luxury Pumpkin

Black Futsu Pumpkin

Two Black Futsu Pumpkins

Black Futsu Pumpkin are petite heirloom pumpkins from Japan. Their warty appearance and shades of orange, forest green, and gray-black make them attractive in displays – but with sweet, nutty flesh, Black Futsu is excellent eating too. More about Black Futsu Pumpkin

Rouge Vif d’Etampes Pumpkin

Cinderella Pumpkin

I’m not sure it looks any more heirloom than the classic red-orange Rouge Vif D’Etampes. This slightly flattened, vibrant pumpkin is also known Cinderella Pumpkin (for obvious reasons!) Rouge Vif D’Etampes are a French heirloom, dating back to the 1880s. More about Rouge Vif D’Etampes Pumpkin

Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkin

Galeux d'Eysines Pumpkin on a bed of hay

Another French heirloom, Galeux D’Eysines Pumpkin has corky warts all over its peachy-pink skin. This large (10-20 pound) pumpkin adds perfect texture to displays but is also known for being excellent eating. More about Galeux D’Eysines Pumpkin

Triamble Pumpkin

Triamble Pumpkin on display

Dating back to the early 1900s, Triamble is of Australian origin – and so unique! This small to medium pumpkin with its beautiful blue-green hue and three distinct lobes is so pretty in heirloom pumpkin displays. More about Triamble Pumpkin

Silver-Edged Pumpkin

This Mexican heirloom sports beautiful forest-green stripes on creamy pale green skin. Beloved for its silver-edged seeds, this small to medium pumpkin is nice in ornamental displays too. More about Silver-Edged Pumpkin

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Uniquely buff-colored, this medium pumpkin looks a bit like a wheel of cheese. This heirloom pumpkin is both attractive for displays and excellent for cooking. Long Island Cheese Pumpkin came to the Americas (specifically the Long Island Sound area) in the early 1800s, having originated in Central or South America and made its way north via trade routes. More about Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Jarrahdale Pumpkin

This large heirloom is a beautiful pale gray-blue hue, and can grow quite large – up to 20 pounds! An Australian native, where most of the pumpkins are blue – not orange. More about Jarrahdale Pumpkin

Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin

Marina Di Chioggia Squash

Also known as Marina Di Chioggia Squash, this gorgeous and unique blue-green squash dates back to the 1600s. It hails from Italy, specifically the fishing village of Chioggia, near Venice. I love the texture and color this medium-to-large pumpkin adds to displays – and they’re excellent eating too. More about Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin

Flat White Boer Pumpkin

Flat White Boer Pumpkin on a bed of hay

If you’re looking for a large, pure white pumpkin perfect for stacking, look no further than Flat White Boer! This beloved heirloom white pumpkin originates from southern Africa. More about Flat White Boer Pumpkin

Red Warty Thing Pumpkin

A pile of Red Warty Thing Pumpkins

The literal-named Red Warty Thing heirloom pumpkin dates back to the late 1800s. Deep red-orange and bumpy as can be, this medium-to-large, 10-20 pound pumpkin is a must for fall displays. Excellent eating, too! More about Red Warty Thing Pumpkin

Yokohama Pumpkin

Yokohama Pumpkin

Known interchangeably as Yokohama Squash is a Japanese heirloom dating back to the late 1800s. This small-to-medium pumpkin is a gorgeous dusky black color. More about Yokohama Pumpkin

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