British pumpkins and gourds
Pumpkins are best known for their inclusion in Halloween traditions, when they are carved into jack-o-lanterns, and for being part of the traditional North American Thanksgiving dinner.
In Britain, a turnip was traditionally carved into a lantern at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which was both readily available and much larger, making it easier to carve than turnips.
A member of the cucurbit family, the pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable which can be baked, steamed, boiled or roasted. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including its flesh, seeds, leaves, and even its flowers. However, the more traditional pumpkins used for carving are not the best variety for eating, as the flesh content inside tends to be quite low.
Our favourite variety is the Crown Prince (pictured below) which has a fantastic flavour and also stores very well. Pumpkins have many health benefits and are rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins.
Studies by a Chinese university have also shown that pumpkins may be beneficial to people with type-1 diabetes, since research has shown that pumpkins promote regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells, resulting in increased bloodstream insulin levels.
The current world record for the heaviest pumpkin is held by Belgian, Mathias Willemijns, whose pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 2,624.6lb. Grown in 2016, the monster beat the previous world record by over 300lb.
3252CS Pumpkin small (single)
3251CS Pumpkin medium (single)
3253CS Pumpkin large (single)
Grown by Jake and Mark Thompson in Kent, our pumpkins are rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins and can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted.
Probably the best pumpkin for eating and a favourite in Australia, ours are grown by Jake and Mark Thompson in Kent. They are firm, which makes them a little tricky to peel, but are worth the effort for their nutty-flavoured orange flesh.
Use these bright, multi-colored, thick-shelled, sometimes warty ornamental gourds for decoration around Halloween.