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For your soups, are you more pumpkin or pumpkin? If these two squash have identical properties, they differ, in particular by their taste.
They are commonly called winter squash. Yet Curcubita maxima first thrived in the tropical climate of South America. In this large family, the pumpkin, and more recently the pumpkin, have made a place of choice in the hearts of European gourmets, in particular thanks to their long shelf life.
Indeed, still whole, these cucurbits can be stored in a dry, cool place, protected from light for several months.
In addition, during this period, their content of sugars and vitamins increases. Not bad for fruits already very rich in vitamins A and trace elements at the time of harvest.
Choose from squash firm to the touch, without spots or cracks and with a stalk always present, a guarantee of freshness.
Pumpkin, one of the most used squash
The pumpkin is one of the five most cultivated species of squash in any warm or temperate country on the planet. It was the Portuguese who, in the 15th century, imported this large ribbed fruit from the New World to Europe.
If we are used to finding round pumpkins with orange peel in French shelves, know that there are also elongated, cubic, green or white ones. All contain a orange flesh with a mild flavor, much tastier than that of pumpkin with which it is often confused.
A classic of fall soups, pumpkin also goes well in recipes for entrees, gratins or even desserts.
To discover: the pumpkin soup
The pumpkin, unknown in Europe before the 20th century
It was not until the 1950s to see the first pumpkin garnish the French stalls. Developed from squash introduced to Asia by the Portuguese, the pumpkin is believed to be native to the Japanese island of Hokkaido. It owes its name to the flavor of its yellow flesh reminiscent of the chestnut.
Very recognizable by its shape similar to a large pear, the pumpkin most often has a beautiful brick red color. Some specimens can also be pink, orange, or green.
It is also consumed for a longer period than its cousin since you can find pumpkins for sale until March.
To discover: pumpkin soup
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