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Microwave gourd: tips from cultivation to preparation


Have you ever heard of a so-called microwave pumpkin? It really exists! You can find out how this is grown and processed here.

The microwave pumpkin tastes wonderful

The microwave pumpkin with the sonorous name butter cream or the technical name SC 415 F1 is certainly one of the latest plant innovations in gardening retail. Cut the fruit, fill it up and put it in the microwave is the motto of the preparation, which even seduces children to taste the delicious vegetables!

Due to their size and color, microwave gourds are also ideal as autumn decorations. And once the pumpkins are used as decoration, they can then be eaten without any problems.

Today I would like to show you how easy it is to grow and maintain microwave pumpkins. And on top of that, I'll also tell you how to properly prepare this delicious pumpkin in the microwave.

Grow microwave gourds

The microwave gourd, like other ornamental gourds, has to be brought up in the potty at room temperature from March. Simply press the seeds about 2 to 3 centimeters deep into the earth. The germination time is about two weeks before delicate plants sprout from the soil.

After the ice saints, from mid-May, you can then plant the pumpkin plants outdoors. You should keep a row spacing of about 50 to 70 centimeters from the next plant. Furthermore, when relocating the microwave gourds outdoors, you must take into account that the plants are extremely sensitive to the cold. If cooler nights are announced again, you should spread a garden fleece over the tender plants.

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If it is too troublesome for you to prefer, you can plant the seeds outdoors from mid-May. (Link tip: planting a pumpkin - 2 options)

As far as the location is concerned, you should know that pumpkins love a sunny to minimally partially shaded location, where possible sheltered from the wind. You can confidently enrich this with compost before spreading the seeds or the plants, because pumpkins love a nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil!

Caring for microwave pumpkins properly

Fighting snails:

Young pumpkin plants are often haunted by snails. Therefore, you should quickly get rid of the snails early in the planting phase, e.g. by Spread snail grain or set up natural snail traps.

To water:

Furthermore, the yellow-fleshed microwave pumpkin has a high water requirement, which is why you should always water it abundantly. However, you must absolutely avoid waterlogging.

Weed control:

During the first time, you can also chop weeds around the pumpkin plants.

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As soon as the leaves spread all over the place, you should put straw on them, which largely prevents the fruit from rotting.

Harvest microwave pumpkins

The orange-striped microwave gourds do not become very large (around 200 to 300 grams) and can therefore be harvested as early as 80 days after sowing, i.e. from July to September. When harvesting, however, there should always be some stalk on the pumpkin, as this extends its shelf life. (Link tip: harvest pumpkin - how it's done)

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You should harvest the first pumpkins as early as possible so that plenty of fruit can form per stick.

Prepare the microwave pumpkin

You can halve the pumpkin itself after harvesting, spoon out the seeds on the inside and then cook in the microwave for about 5 minutes. The vitamin-rich food is ready!

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If you want to refine the microwave pumpkin, then you should fill it with minced meat or cream cheese, for example. You can also preserve the pulp in a conventional way, make it into chutney, etc.

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