This French heirloom produces beautiful deep red, flat pumpkins with deep ridges that are the first to colour in the pumpkin patch. Sow Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin seeds for a sprawling plant that produces two to four lovely 9kg (20lb) fruits. These are good for artistic carving, decorations, and winter meals. Moderate resistance to powdery mildew. Rouge Vif d’Etampes translates as “bright red from Etampes.” Etampes is an ancient commune near Paris, and the fruits were said to be popular in Paris’ Central Market in the 1880s. Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin seeds were first offered commercially in America by W. Atlee Burpee in 1883.