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Pipian Pumpkin Seeds

Pipian Pumpkin Seeds

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The pipiana squash is grown in the Mexican Republic, with a wide range of Creole varieties adapted to each agricultural region, where it is part of the population's diet. The main entities that produce seed for consumption are: Campeche, Guerrero, Michoacán and Tamaulipas, in which it is grown in the rainy season; Only in Tamaulipas does it occur in the Autumn-Winter cycle.

 From the pumpkin, the ripe and unripe fruits, the male flowers, the dry seeds and the tender meristems of the stems or guides are consumed; The cooked or preserved pulp is also used, but the seeds represent the most important food and commercial product, due to their high oil, protein and phosphorus content. The toasted and salted seeds are consumed directly, and are the main condiment for the preparation of the moles known as “pipianes” in various locations in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Morelos and Veracruz; In addition, oil is extracted from the seed to prepare fine soaps.

Pumpkins can be grown in spring or fall, depending on the variety. The most common thing in Mexico is to grow zucchini in spring.

Sowing : For the seedbed we must make a mixture of soil and compost, which has good drainage and does not compact. The distance between seeds is 6-8cm, this way the roots will have more space to develop. The depth of the seed is three times its size, you can place one or two seeds per space. When you finish sowing, cover the seeds with compost or humus and water. We can cover the seedbed with newspaper to keep in the heat and humidity.

GERMINATION:

The seeds will begin to germinate between 6-10 days after sowing. Remember that the humidity of the seedbed is very important to obtain strong seedlings.

Cultivation : The pumpkin transplant will be when the seedlings have the second pair of true leaves. First we must prepare the space where we are going to transplant the pumpkin, we will need loose soil with compost and good drainage. At least 40cm deep so that the roots have room to grow. The distance between plants depends on the variety of pumpkin. Pumpkins with determined growth can be planted 45cm apart. While indeterminate growing pumpkins need more space, 60cm between plants. If your garden is in growing beds, you can leave 1m between rows of plants.

The soil should be kept moist, avoid wetting the leaves of the plants to avoid diseases.

If the soil forms a small crust, we can break it with the cultivator to oxygenate the soil a little and allow it to absorb water better.

Eliminate all weeds to prevent them from competing for space and nutrients.

Remove old, yellow leaves from the pumpkin.

 You can associate pumpkin with corn, beans and butternut squash.

Avoid planting it next to the potato.

Harvest : They can be harvested when they become an even and strong color and when the shell is hard. If plants are healthy, harvest in late September or early October, before hard frosts arrive. Grading of pumpkins is done by size, maturity and pest damage. Pumpkin fruit should be kept in a dry and cool environment.

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