How to store
It is best to store Zapallo Loche pumpkins in a cool, dry place and avoid direct sunlight. They can be kept here for about 1 to 3 months.
How to eat
Wash the Zapallo Loche pumpkin thoroughly and remove any dirt or dust. Then cut the pumpkin in half with a sharp knife and remove the seeds and stringy insides with a spoon, after which they can be prepared in different ways. They can be grilled, stewed, fried, roasted or even eaten raw. There are many traditional Peruvian recipes with this pumpkin, such as Locro de Zapallo: a traditional pumpkin soup. Or Pastel de Zapallo Loche: a delicious savory pie made from Zapallo Loche puree, spiced meat (usually minced meat), eggs and olives. Thinly sliced Zapallo Loche in a tempera jacket are also a popular snack. Another must-try is the spicy sauce Ají de Zapallo Loche.