Crown Prince Pumpkin
Probably the best pumpkin for eating and a favourite in Australia, our Crown Prince pumpkins 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.
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. The Crown Prince is best for eating as it 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 American, Ron Wallace, whose pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 2009lb.