In autumn, when harvesting is over, gardeners gladly boast of their achievements. And no one talks without mentioning a pumpkin. Among the variety of vegetables, the beautiful pumpkin is distinguished by its size and variety of colors. Yellow, orange, green, monophonic and striped pumpkins adorn the bakery of vegetable lovers.
And if it was possible to grow a weighty beauty, then immediately the question arises: "How to store the pumpkin correctly, so that it does not deteriorate and saves all its useful properties?".
It's hard to find a person who would not have a pumpkin taste. To begin with, this is the most valuable product introduced into the food "infants".With pleasure it includes in your diet those who aspire to be slender and permanently preserve youth and health. Pumpkin is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals that our body needs so much in winter and early spring. But up to this time you need to keep the pumpkin.
The most important thing to do for the longest storage of pumpkin at home:
The most suitable for long-term storage are the table varieties of this vegetable. The forage gourd is not cured( storage time).
It is better to choose varieties that are mature late, and the ripeness level should be medium. More suitable for storage are large fruits with a thick crust. Heavy bark protects against microorganisms and saves more useful components.
"Prikubanskaya" and "Arabatskaya" varieties have proved themselves excellent, and late-ripening varieties like "Vitamin", "Pearl" and "Winter sweet" generally have no equal in terms of storage time. Pumpkin nutmeg varieties under proper conditions can retain their useful properties for up to six months.
Naturally, such characteristics as humidity and temperature must correspond to certain values. The optimum temperature regime is 3-15 degrees at a humidity of about 80 percent.
Pumpkin should be stored only in a room where there is a lot of space - in crowded areas it will quickly deteriorate. Places for storing vegetables, including pumpkins, must first be processed so that there are no sources of infection.
Pumpkin harvest in the middle zone of Russia can be harvested in the second half of September. If the weather favors, then you can withstand the pumpkin in the beds and longer. The main thing is to have time, so that the fruits do not take the first frost.
It is necessary to pay attention to the stem: for storage leave those fruits, in which it is stiff and dry. The fruit should be cut with a knife, the tail is left to ten centimeters. Orange beauty with a dry, stiff tail is kept better.
If you do not have a basement or a cellar, and the apartment does not have a loggia and a spacious storage room, then it is problematic to save the fruits. Of course, you can, as already mentioned above, put them in a dark place. But after the heating is turned on in the apartment, the fruits can not be stored for a long time.
Yes, and on the balconies, even glazed, to store pumpkins is not the best option: they take a lot of space, and with the onset of cold weather, it will be necessary to ensure that the fruits are sheltered, since pumpkin is not friendly with subzero temperatures.
Of course, fresh fruits are the most valuable, but if you can not keep the pumpkin fresh, you can do it differently.
So, if you appreciate health, want to keep activity and be energetic, then the pumpkin should become a frequent guest on your table. And in order for it to retain its useful qualities, store it correctly.
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