A New Crop for Organic Farms



Styrian Pumpkins

I call it a Chai Tea moment.

When I went to India for the first time in December of 1993, I met Chai.  I had never heard of it and loved it.  I thought it would be a great product for the US market.  But… I was doing other things and now the US market for Chai is huge.

Remember when there were no soybeans?  By gosh, you’re as old or older than I am.  Let me tell you.  Once upon a time farmers grew corn.  Then came soybeans.  Although they were introduced to this country in the 1700’s as a ship ballast it was not until the late 1940’s that soybean cultivation took off.  By 1973 soybeans had become America's number one cash crop, and leading export commodity, ahead of both wheat and corn.

Now Chai and Soybeans are known throughout the land.  So what’s the next big crop and potential food source for the American market? There is a food grown in Austria and surrounding countries that is found in every restaurant and on every dining table, available in every grocery store and gas station, that is compatible with soils and climate in the upper Midwest.  It is the Styrian Pumpkin. The seeds have no shell and they are larger and much easier to process than other varieties of pumpkins.  Styria is a province in Austriaand the center of pumpkin production. 

12/11/2018 10:32:43 AM

I get about 200 frost-free days per year and I LOVE pumpkins. I wonder if the thick shell means that they'd keep extra well over winter?

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