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Pumpkins are native to the US, and were used by American Indians for meals, by roasting the entire pumpkin over coals, while the skins were used to weave into mats. The white settlers quickly discovered the value of pumpkins and made them a staple in their diets.
Technically a fruit, pumpkins can be baked, broiled, steamed, or blended into scrumptious desserts, pancakes, bread, coffee, creamer, and even ‘Octoberfest’ pumpkin beer! Roasting the seeds will provide a nutritious and savory snack for you and for the birds in your backyard, while the flesh can be used to aid digestion in people and pets.
Part of the Curcurbiat family of squash, pumpkins are also colorful and robust in flavor. Those grown for display can reach several hundred pounds, while those grown to consume are generally smaller. Pumpkins are mostly composed of water, and are high in fiber, low in fat, and packed with vitamins A, B-6, C, E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, thiamin, niacin, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Before ordering pumpkin seeds, please note that pumpkin seeds will need a lot of space, and have a long growing season of about three months. Pumpkin seeds grow best when placed directly into well drained soil, in either light shade to full sun. The optimum season for planting is in late May in the north, and in early July in the more southern states. Also, pumpkin shoots are sensitive to frost, so plant pumpkin seeds after all chance of frost is past, otherwise the shoots may rot. Check out the different shapes and sizes of St. Clare’s Heirloom Seeds’ diverse selection of specialty pumpkin seeds!
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