Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Amazing Pumpkins!


As it has not really been possible to do any gardening lately due to the extremely wet weather I am remembering some of the trips we took to other gardens in the  Summer and Autumn. One of these visits was to a lovely stately home near us that has a wonderful walled garden vegetable and fruit plot. 

It was rainy so we went in to the greenhouse for a bit of warmth and dry and there it was right in front of us! It was not promoted, they didn't make a big deal of it. We would have missed it if we hadn't wanted to get out of the wind for while. The gardener just said they were part of the crop and they had recently brought them in.

It was an amazing pumpkin crop! I have never seen one like this in my life. What a beautiful, bright spectacle of colour and shapes greeted us!


Some of the pumpkins were so small they easily fitted in to the palm of my hand and some were so enormous it must have taken several people to lift them into position.

There are many different types of pumpkins or winter squash. I don't know them all. However, I have used the Butternut squash in cooking.

There is the lovely shaped turban squash, the sweet nutty acorn squash and the wonderful Cinderella pumpkin to name a few. The field pumpkin is the one we usually see in supermarkets this time of year for carving.

Squashes are great in cooking and can be roasted, baked, or mashed. I haven't tried it but I also heard that you can carve them out, bake them then use to pour soup into as a novel dining experience!

We don't have room currently to grow pumpkins but I would be very proud of this crop!

Do you like growing, cooking or carving pumpkins?


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