Zapallo Loche pumpkin

Zapallo Loche pumpkin is a delicious variety from Peru, prized for its creamy texture and sweet, nutty flavor. The term “Zapallo” is the Spanish name for pumpkin, and “Loche” refers to the specific variety of this pumpkin. Their unique appearance and flavorful flesh make them a popular choice in diverse cuisines, where they enrich a wide variety of dishes. Zapallo pumpkins are generally smaller than traditional pumpkins and have a distinctive elongated shape. They vary in color from light green to deep dark green and have a glossy skin. Beneath this smooth skin is soft, orange and juicy flesh.

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Zapallo Loche pumpkins originated in the Andes region of South America, specifically Peru. They have been cultivated for centuries by indigenous peoples in this region and are part of their rich culinary traditions. Traditionally, the Zapallo Loche pumpkin has been grown and consumed as a food source by the indigenous people of the Andes. It was an important part of their diet for its nutritional value and long shelf life. In addition, they also used the seeds and fiber of the pumpkin for various purposes such as making baskets, clothes and other utensils.


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.



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