‘Giraumon Turban’

Pumpkin / Courge / Κολοκύθα


Common Name: Pumpkin / Courge / Κολοκύθα

Scientific Name: Cucurbita maxima


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: Full sun, semi-shade

Soil type: all soil types, prefers pH of 5.5 to 5.9

Sowing in nursery: Mid Spring

Direct Planting: Late Spring

Germination: 14 days after sowing

Harvest:   120 days after sowing

Spacing: 100cm/100cm/1cm deep  


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

Pollination: Insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Fruit; Leaves; Seed.

Medicine: Diuretic;  Nervine;  Poultice;  Tonic;  Vermifuge

The seeds are diuretic, tonic and vermifuge. The complete seed, together with the husk, is used as a vermifuge. This is ground into a fine flour, then made into an emulsion with water and eaten. It is then necessary to take a purgative afterwards in order to expel the tapeworms or other parasites from the body. The oil from the seed is used as a nerve tonic. The fruit pulp is used as a soothing poultice on burns, inflammations and boils

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