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Pumpkin News for April 2007

Russia Looks at Pumpkin Pectin
According to Stephen Daniells of Nutraingredients-USA.com, Russian research indicates that “pectin extracted from pumpkin and then modified using an enzyme could offer an interesting alternative for jams and confectionery.” More

First Pumpkin Seed Oil Created in US
“Pumpkin seed oil is big in Austria and France, where it is used in salads and drizzled over cooked foods, especially roasted meats,” Ken Seguine told Darlene Ramos of The Dunn County News. He’s created the US’ first pumpkin seed oil, a high-end product that imparts the taste of roasted pumpkin seeds to many foods. More

Pumpkin Crop Depends, In Part, On Honey Bees
The news has reported a mysterious malady called “colony collapse disorder” has seriously affected honey bee colonies throughout the U.S. This not only impacts the future of honey production, but crops that depend on honey bees for pollination. According to Terry Bibo of the PJ Journal Star, “Some crops are more vulnerable than others. Corn, for example, does not need bees.” However, honey bees are the main pollinator of pumpkins. Bibo’s story discusses how the decreased honey bee population may not adversely affect the pumpkin crop in Illinois. More

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