Pumpkin : Kakai pumpkin
Striped fruits, delicious "pumpkin nuts."
Striped fruits, delicious "pumpkin nuts." Eye-catching, medium-small, avg. 5-8 lb., black-striped pumpkins. After displaying the pumpkins next fall, you can scoop out the large, dark green, completely hull-less seeds, which are absolutely delicious roasted. Kakai is a variety of the Austrian type that yields the valuable green pumpkin seed oil that some European studies show promotes prostate health. Semi-bush, short-vine plants. Avg. yield: 2-3 fruits/plant. Order 2860T (Treated/film-coated), or 2860 (Untreated). Avg. 2,200 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.Cucurbitaceae Cucurbita pepo
These beetles get their name because they contain a chemical that can raise blisters on the skin. Various species can be found throughout North America.
Blister Beetle larvae are beneficial in that they are predators of grasshoppers. The adults can be a problem because they feed on tomato, potato, beans. cabbage. corn and other crops. In small numbers they are usually tolerated because the larvae are beneficial, however occasionally large numbers emerge at one time and quickly strip foliage from plants.
You can also protect the plants with row covers.
These can be controlled by knocking them into a bucket of soapy water with a stick (don't touch them).
Image: Jon Yuschock, Bugwood.org