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Pumpkin Information
General Information
  • A pumpkin is really a squash. It is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
  • Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the sole exception. They are even grown in Alaska.
  • Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico, dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C.
  • Native American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed.
  • Early settlers made pumpkin pie by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, then baking it.
  • Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A and potassium. They are also high in fiber.
Pumpkins have been used for a variety of ailments:
  • They were once recommended as a cure for freckles.
  • They were used as a remedy for snakebites.
  • The seeds help avoid prostate cancer in men.
Drying Gourds
  • It may take 3 months to a year before gourds are completely dry.
  • Remove any excess dirt with a soft cloth, do not damage the skin.
  • Simply set gourds on several layers for newspaper in a warm dry place. Hanging them also works. Cold and freezing will not damage a mature gourd but will just slow the drying process.
  • Leave a space between the gourds and turn frequently. DO NOT put any holes in the gourds at this time or they will rot.
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