Pumpkin (303 / 365)

by Lee Santiva October. 30, 2019 185 views

Crown Prince pumpkin

Crown Prince pumpkin

I thought I'd share an unusual color of pumpkin - these are light blue and called "crown prince" pumpkin.

I haven't cooked one yet but they are supposed to have a nutty flavor, and yes, inside it is orange.

Crown pumpkins at the roadside produce stand

Crown pumpkins at the roadside produce stand

A crown price pumpkin costs €3,50 at the roadside stand.

Fresh pumpkins at the self-service roadside stand

Fresh pumpkins at the self-service roadside stand

All throughout Bavaria there are dozens maybe even one hundred self-service roadside stands selling pumpkins and squash all from the same farm.

Self-service fresh produce

Self-service fresh produce

In between the barrel at the bottom and the sign with the prices at the top is the cash box labelled "Kasse". You put your coins or bills in according to the produce you picked out. In case you don't have cash, they also accept PayPal, no excuses!

While I was doing the photoshooting, a man came to collect the money. As he emptied the cash box, the strong wind caught some of the bills and blew them away onto the empty field.

The gold mine

The gold mine

My husband and I helped him gather up the loose money off the grass. There must have been somewhere between 200€-400€ in that little box. He said he empties it twice a week.

It's not a pumpkin stand, it's a gold mine.

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Buster Bruce 1 year ago

In your situation I endorse chasing money! Great images and interesting story Lee!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year ago

Thanks Buster - it was a pretty funny sight the three of us chasing down the bills.. I wanted to give the photobloggers a balanced view of Germany. Yes, there were atrocities in the past (my post Cemetary), but today it's pretty much a safe and honest place to live.

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Buster Bruce Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year ago

jack o lantern

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Lynn F Medley 1 year ago

Interesting, color of pumpkin and the honor system works 🙂 love the images too!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year ago

Thanks Lynn! I wanted to achieve a balance in the perception of Germany between the horror of cemetary with the feel good of the honor system in pumpkin, glad you liked it

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Benny Law 1 year ago

Interesting story, Lee. I've never seen pumpkins that are not orange. It's a beautiful thing when the honour system works.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 1 year ago

Thanks Benny! Trying to be fair in my coverage of my country, Germany. After the depressing blog Cemetary a few days ago which described atrocities I felt I had to show how the country has changed and that's there honor, trust and honesty today.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

These are very good to cook with,my wife uses them in Thai curry

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Ah, good to know! Maybe I'll try a recipe with a crown prince this weekend smile

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

But a gold mine based on trust smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

As I was photoshooting two women drove up, took a couple of pumpkins and pretended to put money in the box and we had also seen some pennies when the box was emptied, so not everyone paid, but, indeed, overwhelmingly the people are honest.

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year ago

We have an entire vegetable and fruit shop in our village based on the same principle. You walk in and out on any hour of the day, there's no counter, you just put the money in the box. Seems to work just fine, although there will indeed always be some people which are not worth the trust.

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