Muscat pumpkin has captured the attention of food lovers in many countries. In Spain it is not yet widely consumed, but it reigns supreme in the markets of our neighbors, Portugal, France and Italy.

At Peris we are
specialists in the cultivation of pumpkin
For this reason we have added this particular variety to our usual catalog of peanut, carruecano and roteña pumpkins.

Below, we tell you more about its particularities of cultivation, its nutritional properties and its prominent role in international cuisine.

Cultivation of Muscat pumpkin: tradition and care

The Muscat pumpkin variety does not make it easy for you in the field. Its cultivation is demanding and requires balance between soil, climate and the grower’s attention.

This type of squash prefers well-drained soils rich in organic matter. In its growth it requires a good sun exposure, it loves direct light, and this will be noticeable in its flavor and aroma.

In the Mediterranean regions, especially in countries such as France, Portugal and Italy, the cultivation of Muscat pumpkin is well established. So much so that farmers often follow agricultural practices passed down from generation to generation.

Our extensive experience in growing pumpkins with other varieties of more deeply rooted in Spain, has allowed us to obtain our first harvest of Muscat, and we are delighted with the result, because its quality is outstanding.

Characteristics of Muscat pumpkin

The Muscat pumpkin is similar in appearance to the roteña pumpkin, due to its round and slightly flattened shape. Its skin shows shades ranging from green to deep orange. The interior of the Muscat pumpkin shows a dense, juicy and aromatic flesh.

The combination of its soft texture and slightly sweet flavor makes it very versatile in the kitchen, and it is a perfect ingredient for both sweet and savory recipes.

Health properties of Muscat pumpkin

Muscat pumpkin is not only appreciated for its flavor, but also for its nutritional properties.

It is a pumpkin that is a source of vitamins A and C, which contribute to strengthen the immune system and maintain healthy skin, among many other benefits.

It is also a vegetable that provides a good dose of fiber and contains essential minerals, such as potassium, which plays a crucial role in the regulation of blood pressure and the nervous system.

A Mediterranean touch in international cuisine

The versatility of Muscat pumpkin has transcended Mediterranean borders, and it is now an essential ingredient in cuisines around the world. However, its presence is still particularly prominent in the gastronomy of countries such as France, Portugal and Italy, where it is integrated in both traditional and contemporary recipes.

In French cuisine, Muscat pumpkin is often used in the preparation of soups and stews. In Portugal, it is a star ingredient in the preparation of sweets and desserts. In Italy, Muscat pumpkin has become an essential component of risottos and pasta dishes, providing a smooth texture and distinctive flavor.

Export of Muscat pumpkin

Given the growing international demand and appreciation for Muscat squash, most of the production is destined for export, and that will be the destination of a high percentage of the Muscat squash we have grown at Peris.

In our cultivation process, we have established rigorous standards to ensure that each fruit meets the quality expectations of both the domestic and international markets. The control is total, from harvesting to packaging, through transportation to destination. At all stages we follow a meticulous process to preserve the freshness and characteristics of this pumpkin that has stolen our hearts.