WHAT IS LUMINA PUMPKIN?
White pumpkins are in general are known by many names including lumina, snowball, albino and Casper (the ghost). Lumina’s in particular were created in the 1990s by a Canadian company to meet a growing demand for novelty Halloween pumpkins. They do not grow as big as most pumpkins and tend to be a bit more circular in shape. Edible and delicious in pies or soups, their white skin is not as thick as with most other gourds. Lumina are most popular for use in carving and decorative painting during the Fall holidays. However be careful, this pumpkin is also sometimes symbolic of pregnancy.
WHY ARE LUMINA PUMPKIN GOOD FOR YOU?
Yes they are! Like carrots they’re rich in the anti-oxidant beta-carotene. Lumina are a good source of fiber as well as vitamins A,C and B. In terms of minerals this pumpkin contains folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, lutein, phosphorus, thiamine and zeaxanthin.
WHEN ARE LUMINA PUMPKIN IN SEASON?
The seeds should be planted after the last frost in Spring. They’re an early Fall through early Winter harvest in North America.
HOW SHOULD LUMINA PUMPKIN BE STORED?
Like with all pumpkins clean first with a sterilizing agent (alcohol or vinegar). Then store upside down in a cool, dark place and they’ll keep for several months. Do not store these gourds in direct contact with the floor (they’ll rot). Instead place them atop cardboard or something to cushion them from a hard surface.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A LUMINA PUMPKIN?
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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DECORATE A LUMINA PUMPKIN?
First make sure the surface of your pumpkin is clean and dry. Before painting, seal the pumpkin with an aerosol (letting it dry) to help the paint stick better. In terms of which paint is best, not all types work equally well with pumpkins. Stick with acrylic or spray paint to prevent chipping or cracking. To give your design a professional look, print and cut out a stencil in advance. Or you can just use the pumpkins as a part of an interior decoration!