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Butternut pumkin

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Butternut pumpkin is a cultivar of the musk pumpkin, which is considered the finest type of edible pumpkin today. Musk-pumpkins originally came from South and Central America and are therefore warmth-loving plants. They are preferably grown in southern countries or in areas with a wine-growing climate.

The butternut pumpkin is pear or peanut shaped with an average length of 15 to 30 cm. Its skin is cream-coloured, slightly yellowish. Compared to other types of pumpkin, butternut pumpkin has a very easy to peel, thin skin and a relatively small core. This means it has a very high proportion of pulp and is also very easy to handle. As the name butternut suggests, the delicate, bright orange pulp has a buttery, slightly nutty flavour.



Butternut pumpkin is a one-year, frost-sensitive and vigorous climbing plant. It therefore requires plenty of room to grow in. Pumpkins need sufficient amounts of fertiliser and thrive particularly well in humus-rich soils with a balanced water supply. Pumpkins are harvested from late-summer to autumn. In the right conditions (cool and dry), pumpkins can be stored for several months so that good quality is available right through the winter season. The stalk is cut with the pumpkin as otherwise it will quickly rot.

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Butternut pumpkin is extremely versatile. It can be baked, roasted, stuffed and used in soups and casseroles. Its nutty-buttery taste makes it suitable for savoury dishes as well as in pies, cakes and jam.

Recipe suggestion: Butternut Pumpkin Chips

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