Pumpkins in my parents’ field

Growing pumpkins is a big part of Zambian farmers in Zambia, not just for the pumpkins themselves but for the delicious leaves.  My parents mix the pumpkin and maize seeds when planting.  I really enjoyed the tender leaves when I visited home.  (By the way, my mother has to collect the leaves for me as  I tell that that I am allergic to entering the field.  I am glad that she humors me and does the collecting for me 🙂

  1. Pumpkin type 1


2. Pumpkin type 2




3. Pumpkin type 3



My parents usually have a bumper harvest of pumpkins and they give various relatives.  Personally, I don’t bother about the pumpkins but just eat the leaves whether fresh or dry. Pumpkin leaves are definitely my favorite rain season produce.

























12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heidi ruckriegel
    Aug 29, 2016 @ 02:06:59

    So you can just fry them in a little oil? Like a stir-fry dish? Must try that this summer!


  2. anotherday2paradise
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 13:55:13

    I never heard of eating pumpkin leaves. I guess they must be very healthy though. 🙂


  3. BeeHappee
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 23:10:25

    I had not even heard of eating pumpkin leaves! How do you eat them?


    • Zambian Lady
      Aug 23, 2016 @ 21:12:42

      You have to cook them either in cooking oil or peanut butter, fresh or dry. For those of us in the diaspora, we normally bring back the dry leaves to enjoy for as long as want. We eat the leaves with a staple call ‘nshima’, something thicker than polenta eating by hand.


  4. dorannrule
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 23:07:56

    I did not know you could eat pumpkin leaves! Fresh off the vine? Or do they require cooking first?


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