‘Tromba D’albenga’

Pumpkin / Courge / Κολοκύθα


Common Name: Pumpkin / Courge / Κολοκύθα

Scientific Name: Cucurbita moschata


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: semi-shade and full sun

Soil type: Requires a rich, well-drained moisture retentive soil. pH 5.5 – 5.9

Sowing in nursery: April

Direct Planting: May

Germination: 7 to 14 days after sowing (15 – 28 ºC)

Harvest:    120 to 240 days after sowing

Spacing: 100cm/100cm/2cm deep  


Flowers are Monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)

Pollination: by insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Fruit; Leaves; Root; Seed.

Medicine: Anthelmintic;  Galactogogue.

The seed is vermifuge. It is eaten fresh or roasted for the relief of abdominal cramps and distension due to intestinal worms. About 800 peeled seeds is said to make a safe and effective treatment for tape worm. They are ground into a fine flour, then made into an emulsion with water and eaten. It is then necessary to take a purge in order to expel the tapeworms or other parasites from the body. The boiled root is galactogogue.

Known Hazards: The sprouting seed produces a toxic substance in its embryo.