Hubbard Baby Blue pumpkin seeds

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Hubbard Baby Blue Pumpkin seeds

 

The common names are Hubbard Large Blue Pumpkin and New England Blue Hubbard. It belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae, genus Cucurbita and species Maxima. Its scientific name is Cucurbita maxima. The subspecies are C. maxima subsp. Andreana and C. maxima subsp. Maxima. The synonyms are Cucumis rapallito carrere, Cucumis zapallito Carriere, Cucurbita farina Mozz. Ex Naudin, Cucurbita maxima var. trioba Millan.

Hubbard baby blue Pumpkin was introduced by Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts to the American market in 1854. He was given the seed by Elizabeth Hubbard and therefore named the pumpkin after her. The plant is grown directly into the soil at a depth of 3cm and a spacing of 1m during spring or after frost. It takes 7 to 14 days to germinate. It takes 100 days to mature. The fruit is harvested when they are big enough and the rind is hard for good production the plant is planted in fertile soil and a warm place with full sun. It is best when it is planted directly into the soil.

Hubbard baby blue Pumpkin is an annual plant. It has the size of a baby. It grows well in places with temperatures of between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. It does not tolerate very low temperatures. The plant grows well in places with warm temperatures and very rich nutrient soils. Bear yellow flowers from June to July. The fruits measure 3 to 4kg when mature. The fruits are dusky grey-blue in colour and have a warty surface texture. The colour of the flesh is orange to golden yellow. Have large, flat cream coloured seeds. Have a very sweet taste. They can be stored for months if they are harvested when mature. They are stored in a cool and dry surface. The fruit needs to be cured in the sun for 10 days or in a warm room for 5 days before storing. It can also be treated in a dilute solution of water and chlorine to kill any moulds that may damage the skin. The fruit can be stored for several months in a cool dry place.

Hubbard baby blue Pumpkin has a dry sweet flesh that can be roasted or cooked other parts of the plant such as flowers and stem are also edible. Young flowers can also be eaten raw or cooked and the young stems and leaves are used in making the various dishes and soups. It can be used as a supplement in other foods. Blue Hubbard squash is rich in vitamin A and C, beta-carotene and niacin as well as iron potassium and fibre hence good for human health. The skin is not edible therefore it needs to be removed.

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