Uchiki Kuri Pumpkin seeds

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Uchiki Kuri Pumpkin seeds

 

The common name is Uchiki Kuri pumpkin. It belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae, genus Cucurbita and species Maxima. Its scientific name is Cucurbita maxima Duchense ssp. 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.

Uchiki Kori Pumpkin is native to South America. It requires very fertile soils with good drainage and can hold water. It is even best with well-decomposed compost. It tolerates drought and produces multiple fruits. It takes 90 days to mature after blooming. The seeds are planted from mid-May to June when the temperature of the soil is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes 10 to 14 days to germinate. The plant needs to be watered regularly if the soil moisture is low.

Uchiki Kori Pumpkin has fruits with an orange colour and a shape like a tear drop. The skin is thin and orange in colour. Have a yellow flesh with a chestnut flavour. Have vines that produce tear drop shaped fruits with each vine producing approximately 3 to 5 fruits. Have yellow spear like flowers. Has a yellow flesh which has a green tint under the seeds. Have a sweet flavour. It is open pollinated. The plant bears green leaves and large yellow flowers. It is normally pollinated by insects, but in the case where the insect population is small or missing, hand pollination is necessary. The squash can be stored for several months. It needs to be cured by letting it stay in the sun for at least 10 days and then storing it in a dark cool place where the humidity is less than 65%. It is harvested when the skin has hardened.

Uchiki Kori Pumpkin is normally cooked with bitter herbs in Native communities. It has been used as an ingredient in a variety of soups. It can be cooked or baked. It is used in the baking of cakes, bread, cookies and jams. The seed cavity is used for stuffing. The fruit is a source of vitamins and minerals because it has Vitamin A and C, Vitamin B, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, potassium, and iron. It also has beta-carotene and low calories. It is therefore good for human wellbeing. Produce a large amount of nectar for bees. It is therefore beneficial for both human beings and the environment. 

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