Pumpkins belong in your life after pumpkin pie. There are ample recipes for making pumpkins delicious, and at the same time making you much healthier. They are one of the very low calorie vegetables. Dieticians recommend eating pumpkins in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. Pumpkins contain no saturated fats or cholesterol; and are rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. They are also a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A (highest levels), B-complex vitamins, vitamin-C, and vitamin-E.
Pumpkins are an excellent source of many natural flavonoid compounds and anti-oxidants. Pumpkins are also a rich source of minerals, and an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In China young tender pumpkin leaves are prized as cooked greens, or as a major ingredient in soups.
Pumpkins are a type of winter squash, and like all squashes need heat to mature properly. You can get a jump on the season by starting your plants indoors one month before your last frost date. Vining plants so give them lots of room--18" spacing for lots of small, early fruits; 30" for later, fewer, larger fruits.
Plant seeds in warm (70°) soil that is well-drained. The soil should be well composted and mulched to hold moisture.
H/Matures 14-16/Harvest 0-4/Yield 48-191/Spacing 30"