SMOOTHIE PUMPKIN: New Hybrid You’d Love To Plant

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Rosalie Lacson of Agriculture Magazine, Aubregyn V. Ancheta of Known-You Philippines and Zac B. Sarian of Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine posing with the beautiful fruits of Smoothie under greenhouse.This is at the Known-You Research Station in Pingtung county.

We were really impressed by the uniform good looks of the fruits of Smoothie Pumpkin, a new hybrid just released by Known-You Seed of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The fruit with light brown rind and yellow flesh weighs about three kilos.

It is a prolific variety that matures in 90 days after sowing. It is adapted to areas with 15 to 32 degrees Celsius temperature. It could be planted under mid-elevation areas or during the cold months in the lowland like December to February.

In Taiwan, they have a simple way of cooking without any garnishing. The fruit with the insides removed is cut to pieces about 1.5 inch square of 1.5 x 2- inch pieces and steamed until fully cooked, soft with mealy consistency.

Hopefully, Known-You Philippines will conduct field trials in the Philippines to ascertain its adaptability to local conditions.

Another view of Smoothie.
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