Styrian Pumpkin

Cucurbita pepo          90 daysIMG_2884 1000 by 750This pumpkin was developed in the province of Styria in Austria. It is grown for its high quality hulless or “naked seeds”.  Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and a great source of protein. This pumpkin is widely adapted to growing in the North. Styrian pumpkins are also raised for the oil extracted from their seeds which had medicinal as well as culinary uses. An excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. The culture is the same as regular pumpkins. You can direct seed, 1″ deep, in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed or you can start them indoors 4 weeks before setting out as transplants. I grow them in hills with no more than three plant to a hill. Space hills 4′-6′ apart.  At maturity they will be orange with some green striping. I cut my pumpkins when the vine dies back or 2 weeks before the first expected average frost date, whichever comes first.  The pumpkins should be left in the field after cutting for two weeks to mature. If frost threatens they need to be brought inside to avoid damage. After curing you can harvest the seed easily. I score the pumpkin shallowly with a knife around the outside. Next I pound it on a cinder block. The pumpkin should break apart without much effort. I do this to avoid cutting too deeply through so as to avoid damaging the seeds. The seeds are easily removed and placed into a colander for rinsing. Lay out on a plastic tray or mesh screen for drying. Avoid newspaper because the seeds will stick when dry. You can store and eat the dry seeds raw, process into a butter, or roast them. They are superb roasted. I toss them with a tiny drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and then spread them onto a cookie sheet and toast for 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees. Production is moderate, as you only get about 300 seeds per pumpkin but this is offset by the excellent nutrient and protein content of the seeds. Excellent staple crop!

Seed Saving: Isolate from other Cucurbita pepo varieties by 1/8th mile for home use. You could also grow one from each of the four main squash species, C. pepo, C. moschata, C.maxima and C.argyrosperma (mixta).

Styrian Pumpkin Beds

Styrian Pumpkin Beds

Harvesting seed

Harvesting seed

Drying pumpkin seed

Drying pumpkin seed

23 Responses to Styrian Pumpkin

  1. Anna Henry says:

    I am very interested in these please let me know when they will be available. Thanks

  2. Debra Stromer says:

    Can you eat the flesh of the pumpkin?

  3. Michael Lovreta says:

    Hello John,
    Are your seeds for eating or for planting? If for consumption, then how many seeds are recommended daily?
    Thank you,

  4. Anna Henry says:

    Hi, Can you email me when your seeds will be available? thank you

  5. Onda Blevins says:– please add to mailing list-thank you

  6. Don Stahurski says:

    Please advise when I can buy some seeds (STYRIAN) for my garden in Palm Coast, FL.
    Best regards,

  7. M Crook says:

    Do you have a large stock of sale seeds?
    Should I order early or have you run out in the past?

    • John Sherck says:

      It all depends. Some items like rice, corn and some beans I have plenty. Others are limited. I should have the website ready to take orders some time this coming weekend (Nov 18th).

  8. Sarah says:

    Hello John,

    Seeds are often sourced by organic vegetable farmers between Canada and America.
    I was a caregiver to an Austrian great grandmother who farmed until she was no longer able, she taught me about these special pumpkin and had a farmer mail some oil to her until her passing this year. I would love to grow them on our small acreage in memory of her.

    What is the reason for why you only mail within the U.S.?
    I would gladly purchase two orders for here in Quebec.
    Thank you kindly for what you do, beautiful work.


    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Sarah, The primary reason I do not sell outside of the US is because of the size of my business. I have a very small farm and I am the sole employee. I simply do not currently have an adequate supply of seed to sell outside the US. Maybe someday.

  9. Ryan Wheeler says:

    Hi there,

    What is the average number of squash each plant produces?

  10. Sharyn Mureau says:

    Hi John,
    Can you please tell me the exact cultivar of this Styrian pumkin as I would like to try an source these seeds before then.
    Thank you

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