Styrian Pumpkin

Styrian Pumpkin

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    Cucurbita pepo var.styriaca
    • 110 days 
    • Hulless, generous sized seeds are delicious and a healthy snack. In fact, many health and medical claims are made for the seeds and oil of Styrian Pumpkin.
    • In the provence of Styria in Southern Austria, it is an important side income for many families. 
    • After harvesting the pumpkins you should remove the seeds as soon as practical, rinse and dry and then lightly toast at 140° F. This may take a few hours but the nutrients in this pumpkin should not be exposed to high heat as in baking. Keep an eye on the seeds, turn them with a spatula and minimum toasting enhances the flavor. 
    • The pumpkin shell is best used for compost or animal fodder as it's not the best for table food.

    Planting Directions:  Plant in spring when ground has warmed 70° to 95°, with 86° optimum. Plant in soil that has been amended with rich compost or general garden fertilizer. Plant 6-8 seeds 1/2” to 1” deep in hills spaced 6’-8’ apart. Thin seedlings to 3 per hill. Seeds may also be started indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last frost. Transplant to hills after all danger of frost has past and soil remains a consistent  65°-75°. Pumpkins need heavy watering on a regular schedule. Fruits are ready when the rind is hard to the fingernail and changes color to orange.