Pumpkin varieties in Polish Posted by on Oct 27, 2021 in Holidays, Nature, Vocabulary

With October here and Halloween around the corner why not talk about pumpkins? Do you know how to name different varieties of them in Polish?

Pumpkins. Image taken by and used with permission from Kasia Scontsas.

Pumpkin is called a queen of the autumn (królowa jesieni) in Poland. The golden Polish autumn (złota Polska jesień) is a time of an amazing variety of wonderful vegetables and fruits. Among them there is  pumpkin (dynia), which efficiently pushes up in Polish menus and occupies an increasingly important position in the list of the most frequently consumed products. It combines excellent nutritional and health properties, as well as great versatility in the culinary art. In addition, the pumpkin is also a symbol of Halloween, which is gaining popularity in Poland.  Let’s take a look at the most popular pumpkins and how do describe them using Polish language.

They come in different shapes and sizes. We can easily divide them into three categhories:

  • Giant pumpkins (gigantyczne dynie)are the massive pumpkins you see loaded on trucks to display.
  • Jack O Lantern pumpkins (dynie Jack O Lnatern) are those developed for size and a tall round shape, but their grainy texture and lack of flavor makes them less suitable for cooking.
  • Pie pumpkins, eating pumpkins and winter squashes (dynie na ciasto, dynie do jedzenia i dynie zimowe) come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, sizes, textures and flavors.

Butternut Squash – Dynia Butternut/Piżmowa

Butternut squash.Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Great for pumpkin pie! It has a characteristic pear-shaped shape and a pale skin, as well as a small seed core and seeds, thanks to which we do not lose a lot of flesh when cleaning it.

Wspaniała do ciasta dyniowego. Ma charakterystyczny gruszkowaty kształt i jasną skórkę oraz małe gniazdo nasienne i pestki, dzięki czemu nie tracimy wiele miąższu przy oczyszczaniu jej.

Decorative Pumpkins – Dynie Ozdobne

Decorative pumkin. Image by Here and now, unfortunately, ends my journey on Pixabay from Pixabay

Pumpkin doesn’t have to be just a food product. It is also perfect as a beautiful autumn accent in the apartment or on the table. Most ornamental pumpkins are not suitable for eating. They have a very hard skin and flesh, but thanks to this they are resistant to damage and perfect for long storage.

Dynia nie musi być wyłącznie produktem spożywczym. Doskonale nadaję się także jako piękny jesienny akcent w mieszkaniu lub na stole. Większość dyni ozdobnych nie nadaje się do jedzenia. Mają bardzo twardą skórkę i miąższ, ale dzięki temu są odporne na uszkodzenia i doskonale do długiego przechowywania.

Spaghetti Squash – Dynia Makaronowa

Spaghetti Squash. Image by linden72 from Pixabay

This “pasta pumpkin” is characterized by a slightly oblong shape and a yellow or yellow-green skin. After cutting, a yellow flesh appears, which separates into threads due to cooking or baking.

Dynię makaronową charakteryzuje lekko podłużny kształt i skórka w kolorze żółtym lub żółto-zielonym. Po przekrojeniu ukazuje się nam żółty miąższ, który pod wpływem gotowania lub pieczenia rozdziela się na nitki.

Hokkaido Pumpkin – Dynia Hokkaido

Hokkaido pumpkin. Image by Couleur from Pixabay

The best thing about Hokkaido is that you don’t have to peel it. Hokkaido is eaten with the skin, which softens when cooked. this greatly facilitates and speeds up its preparation. It contains a lot of seeds, but its flesh is firm, which makes it perfect for stewing and frying. It has a slightly nutty flavor. perfect for soups, salads, dumplings, pastes and baking.

Największą zaletą Hokkaido jest z pewnością fakt, że nie trzeba jej obierać. Hokkaido jemy ze skórką, która mięknie podczas obróbki termicznej. To bardzo ułatwia i przyspiesza jej przygotowanie. Zawiera sporo pestek, jednak jej miąższ jest zwarty, przez co świetnie nadaje się do duszenia i smażenia. Ma lekko orzechowy smak. Doskonała do zup, sałatek, kopytek, past do pieczywa, a także do pieczenia.

You have to check out this video! Asia from Poland is describing different varieties of pumpkins in Polish!

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Adelaide Dupont:

    I really enjoyed the exploration of spaghetti squash.

    I believe Asia was making a bowl with the pumpkin? Is that in fact what she was doing?

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