Freeze drying of pumpkin puree – a summary

Writen by Martina Vavrusova Hedegaard, Ph.D., Technologist, SD Freeze Drying

In general

  • Pumpkins in general are vegetables native to South America but nowadays they are grown in EuropeAustraliaNew ZealandIndia, but also in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries.
    It has been reported that pumpkin production has increased annually by 2.2 % and from 1992 to 2012 pumpkin production has increased to 25 million tonnes.
  • Pumpkins belong to the family Cucurbitaceae and the genus (family) Cucurbita. There are five domesticated species of which the three species Cucurbita pepo L.