Please let me introduce to you our friend The Potimarron. The name comes from French ‘potiron’ (Pumpkin) and marron’ (Chestnut). It tastes of carrots, chestnut, pumpkin all in one delicious fruit veggie. Potimarron, a fruit veggie of the HEART, BODY, MIND and SPIRIT, has been like a mascot for the Rainbow Tai-Chi energy for the past 25 years since it began in France in 1984. We practised Tai-Chi Chi Kung and meditation around the potimarron plants.
Photo: Practising Rainbow Tai Chi in the poly-tunnel is a regular yearly event in the spring for the past 25 years. The picture is taken from a weekly class at the Rainbow Tai Chi School.
Some countries like Japan even use the potimarron medicinally. Our vision of it is grow it and share it around. It can be kept for 6-9 months! Soup kitchens in your nearest city and around the world awaits you, especially when catastrophes create millions of homeless and hungry people, we can grow and store these fruit veggies and send them on.
In December 2008, the United Nations reported that today, more than 1 BILLION PEOPLE ARE STARVING IN THE WORLD, what can you do to help?
Now is the time to sow them.
HOW TO GROW POTIMARRON
- Potimarron loves rich composted soil
- Sow them indoors in early spring in a tray about an inch deep, water them with love.
- Put a cling film over them and put them on top of your cupboard and check on them in three to four days to a week.
- And within a week to two weeks (depending on the temperature of your room, transplant them into little pots. Keep the seeds covered about an inch below rich potting compost soil.
- After a few weeks, when you see a few leaves shooting up, let them grow to be about 4 leaves.
- Then, transplant them into nitrogen rich composted soil. Check on them every day during the first 3 weeks to ensure the slugs are kept away.
- Then, you can either let them run around in the garden on the ground or you can string them up. They love to bask in the sun. Some fruits on the ground can be pushed up to meet more sunshine by placing the fruit gently on a flat stone.
- Beautiful giant yellow flowers in July and ripens in August and September. When they are small they are yellow and at this stage, it is also possible to make some dotted drawings on the fruit with a nail and the designs grow.
- As the fruits ripened, they are orange reddish. The fruits need to be cut carefully at the stem leaving some of the stem to dry. This will help the fruits keep longer. Keep the fruits stored where there is minimum light, eg. On top of cupboards, keep turning the fruits every few days to keep the fruits dry and fresh.
- If stored properly, it can keep from 6 months to a year. For cooking, use them with vegetarian recipes. The Rainbow Tai Chi School also has a vegetarian cookbook which has many potimarron recipes. Check the online books for sale in the website.
Remember to take photos of your potimarron and wash and dry the seeds and send them back to us so we can redirect them around the world. THERE IS ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED EVERYONE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW!!!
Send a donation for the potimarron project to Chi Healing Centre, Creek Farm, Woodland, Ashburton DEVON TQ13 7JY ENGLAND.
Background/ Motivation of the Potimarron Project
Some people may query what is my motivation, behind this project. When I read and heard about how many large corporations were dumping wheat and other food into the sea to keep the prices of food up, I was horrified. On one side of the continent, millions of people went to bed suffering from malnutrition and hunger and on another side, they were dumping food.
I even approached farmers and the supermarkets to donate food for the soup kitchens and offered to be a liaison with Charitable Organisations like the Salvation Army and Churches offering soup kitchens, so far the farmers and supermarkets I have contacted have refused.
I also discovered that research shows that on average, supermarkets have a minimum of 5% waste in their fresh produce every single day. I am hopeful that one day some farmers and supermarket managers will make that step. I admit my stubbornness started when I was young.
When I was a teenager helping my father manage a Chinese restaurant, I refused to give good food at the end of the day to pigs and so, I went nearly every night to go and find beggars in the city to feed them with the remaining food of the kitchen. When my mother offered to have a big birthday party for me on my 12th birthday, I said I would consent only if beggars too would be invited. Today, I am realising one of my childhood ambitions, which is to help people who are starving with the Potimarron project.
Photo above: Potimarron ready for soup kitchens and Summer School kitchen
WELL DONE TO MARIA CAPARIS FOR CARRYING THE POTIMARRON PROJECT IN ATHENS TO SHARE THE SEEDS AND TRANSPLANTS IN THE MARKET TO HELP THE POOR AND STARVING!! WELL DONE MARIA CAPARIS!!! WE HOPE YOUR POTIMARRONS SPREAD ALL OVER GREECE TO HELP EVERYONE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF POTIMARRON MESSAGE: THERE IS SUFFICIENT FOOD TO FEED EVERYONE!!
Here is one of Maria’s 20 growing potimarrons in her garden in Athens