Pumpkin in the history
In Middle and South America culinary pumpkins are considered as basic food of the indigenous population there since more than 10,000 years. Columbus is supposed to brought the pumpkin to Europe after the discovery of America.
In Germany pumpkins were used primarily as animal feed until the 20th century. Only in the last years the autumn classic emerged as variedly prepared vegetable and is getting more and more popular.
Varieties of pumpkin
Did you know that there are approximately 800 different varieties of pumpkin? Those differ in shape, colour and size. Regarding the taste pumpkins are differentiated into mild, floury, sweet, nutty, dry and creamy buttery varieties.
The world record for the heaviest pumpkin is currently 767 kg. To date the biggest German pumpkin was cultivated in 2008 with 604 kg.