Who would have thought an ugly orange squash would have the following of suburban moms in the Millennia that Tom Selleck’s mustache had in the 80’s. Pumpkins are all the rage: Starbucks lattes, M&Ms, Pringles, vodka, cheesecakes, Edy’s ice cream, Hershey’s kisses, marshmallows, Pumpkin Ale, ravioli, donuts, bagels, Country Crock butter, Jello pudding . . . I’m full. Though it is hard to improve on donuts and vodka, that homely fruit did it.
The thing is, this orange globoid can be grown in Central America and India, two places where 4 the World does a lot of work. And the seeds inside the pumpkin can produce next year’s harvest. Growing food makes people self-sustainable. They can feed their family and sell excess for profit to buy medicine, education, and local products. Buying these items then in turn supports the local economy. According to Practical Action, “Pumpkins are a perfect crop because they are extremely nutritious, last for up to a year and fetch good money at market” (http://practicalaction.org/turning-compost-into-food).
While Pumpkins are the Princess Crop of America, Quinoa could be the Queen Crop but it’s not because all though it is in growing demand with U.S. soccer moms for it’s high nutritional value, it is not a high yield crop. Learn more http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/11/quinoa-should-be-taking-over-the-world-this-is-why-it-isnt/