Indigenous Crop: The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, an American heirloom domesticated in New York

Indigenous Crop: The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, an American heirloom domesticated in New York

The Long Island Cheese pumpkin is an American heirloom that was domesticated in New York in the 1860s, and it was named for its resemblance to a cheese wheel. The Long Island Cheese pumpkin is one of the oldest squashes to be domesticated for food and animal feed. Dating back to the early 1800s, the Long Island Cheese pumpkin was sold on American seed catalogues and marketed as the best pie pumpkin you can eat. Today, its seeds are available on several sites online.