Huge pumpkin grown in eMkhondo

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Mr Moses Fakude, who is well known in eMkhondo for the delicious vegetables that he grows, recently harvested a gigantic 28.8-kilogram American pumpkin from his garden.

Mr Fakude planted three seeds and only one of them survived the harsh climate of eMkhondo. In fact, it not only survived, but it also thrived!

Interesting facts about pumpkin:

  • Each pumpkin produces approximately 500 seeds.
  • Pumpkins grow everywhere except in Antarctica. The top producers of pumpkins include China, India, Mexico and Ukraine.
  • Pumpkins are technically fruit. Pumpkin is a type of winter squash and is closely related to cucumbers and melons.
  • Pumpkins are nutrient-dense (having a high vitamin and mineral content) and naturally low-calorie food. One cup of cooked pumpkin is only 49 calories and contains 49 per cent of your daily needs for vitamin K, along with vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, iron, folate, and niacin.

Mr Fakude invites the members of the community who are interested in learning how to garden, to contact him on 073 051 5135. He also mentors young men and teaches them how to grow a successful garden. This not only keeps them busy and trouble-free but, also gives them the opportunity to learn how to provide for their families now and in the future. Thank you, Moses.