Kogiku (small chrysanthemum) Pumpkin
This is a small pumpkin with a diameter of 15cm. It is so named because it looks like a chrysanthemum flower when viewed from above. The brand is Kanda-kogiku, which contains much Vitamin C and carotene in its bright yellow flesh, and features its mild and refreshing sweetness. The cultivation started in the mid-1960s in the former Nakajima Town (present-day Nanao City) when rice fields were converted. For draining the fields and producing bright-colored pumpkins, a vertical cultivation method in greenhouses was developed. Its mild flavor suits subtle seasoning, and it is in high demand by traditional Japanese restaurants. It is shipped to the Kansai district in addition to within Ishikawa. It is one of the Noto traditional vegetables approved by the Noto Vegetable Promotion Association. It is harvested from late June through mid-August.
An early maturing and disease resistant high producer, this large Japanese pumpkin has uniform 2 lb. fruits. Dark, textured, shiny green skin with 17 to 20 slits, covers flavorful and sweet, dark yellow flesh. Popular with Japanese caterers, professional chefs, and the gourmet food industry.