Harvesting the first of my pumpkins last month was a bit mystifying because I thought I’d planted Jack O-lantern pumpkins. I know what you’re thinking, surprise at what emerges from my plot is nothing new (remember the carrot shaped beetroots?). But these pumpkin seeds were from one of those seed packets aimed at encouraging children to grow veg and had a bright orange halloween pumpkin, complete with smiley cartoon face, on the front. I assumed it must have been my muddle up when they kept appearing with gorgeous green stripes.
I now think I may have been a little hasty with transferring the pumpkins to the fridge for storing. The pumpkins that have been stock piling on a chair at the plot have started to blush orange so today I emptied the fridge and now they are all basking in the autumn sunshine in the back yard.
Unlike the marrow plants at the plot the pumpkins are still producing flowers. I snipped off lots of the large chalky leaves and if the bees don’t find it too cold now that autumn is officially here we may still get a few more pumpkins cropping up.
I haven’t done anything spectacular with my pumpkins yet. Perhaps the inside of the pumpkin will change colour too; at the moment it’s just like marrow and is simply being grated into tomato based dishes, curries and soups.