Botanical name: Cucurbita pepo
This little Pumpkin is perfect for cooking in the microwave.
Microwave Pumpkin has a slightly nutty flavor.
The pumpkins are approx 10-15 cm tall and have a weight of about 700-1000 grams.
Microwave Pumpkin is an annual, early, compact growing variety to be harvested with high yields after about 80 days - ie from February to April.
Using Microwave Pumpkin
Simply place the Pumpkin in half, remove seeds and cook for five to eight minutes in the microwave. Fill to taste at the last minute with cream cheese, chopped herbs, salt and pepper.
The Pumpkin is cooked when you can scoop out the flesh easily.
The flesh can also be used in the conventional manner (cut up and cooked) or processed into chutney.
The Pumpkin is easy to store and also very attractive to look at.
Caring for Microwave Pumpkin
The plant prefers a sunny spot and a nutrient-rich, humus-rich soil.
However, it is important to avoid high water demand or water logging.
The pumpkin needs about 3-4 square metres per plant. When little space is available, you can then grow Microwave Pumpkin on a trellis or fence.