Grow to Love....Pumpkin

Grow to Love... Pumpkin

Why love... Pumpkin? 


Not only is it delicious, multi-purpose and good value - it’s fun too.

What other fruit lends itself to being so imaginatively transformed into a Halloween lantern?

Pumpkin is pretty easy to grow, and used in cuisine across the world in variety of different ways. In Japanese cooking, pumpkins are deep fried as part of tempura while the Italians sometimes use Pumpkin with cheese to stuff ravioli.

It’s a rich source of vitamin A, and can be roasted, mashed, boiled, steamed, baked or pureed for both sweet and savoury dishes.    

Did you know?


  • Pumpkin is a fruit from the Cucurbita family, so closely related to the squash that the names are sometimes interchangeable.
  • Thought to have originated in America the oldest pumpkin-related seeds found date back to 7000 BC.
  • The word pumpkin comes from ‘pepon’ which is Greek for ‘large melon’.           
  • The world’s largest pumpkin weighed 666.32kg, grown in Pennsylvania and carved into the world’s largest jack-o’-lantern.

Top tips


  • Great for pie or soup, one of the best things about pumpkins is its versatility.
  • Pumpkin is a beautifully sweet side-dish when roasted. Chop it into cubes, splash it with olive oil and bake for around 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Try something experimental and inspirational. Pour pumpkin puree in with your omelette or add chunks to your risotto.
  • Getting to the pumpkin flesh can be troublesome because of its thick skin. Use a strong knife to cut the pumpkin in half in sections, then remove the seeds and stringy bits. Peel off the skin, and cut the flesh into slices.

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