Pumpkin | Kabak


Pumpkin is believed to have originated in the Americas. In fact, pumpkin seeds dating back to 7,000 BC have been excavated in Mexico.


Pumpkin was introduced to early colonial settlers by Native Americas. Records suggest that the first pumpkin pie was created by these early European colonists. A hollowed pumpkin was filled with milk, spices & honey and then baked in the hot ashes of a fire.


Pumpkin was introduced to Europe by Spanish Conquistadors following explorations of the Americas.


Pumpkin is known as kabak in Turkish. The word kabak is also used to describe squash and zucchini.


About 20% of all pumpkins, squashes and courgettes produced in Turkey are winter vegetables. Winter varieties, including pumpkin, are predominantly grown in the Black Sea and Marmara Regions. The Black Sea city of Sakarya is renowned for large pumpkins.


The peak season for pumpkin begins in September and lasts until November.


In Turkey, pumpkin is widely cultivated for the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are served roasted and salted. A traditional dessert of pumpkin (kabak tatlısı) is served with clotted cream and walnuts.



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