Pumpkin Ideas

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Get into the seasonal spirit with our pumpkin ideas.

Did you know it's a vintage vegetable?

Originating from North America, the oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds date between 7000 and 5500 BC in Mexico. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon".

Sun ripened pumpkins

Generally, it is best to sow pumpkins in pots indoors, planting out once all risk of frost is passed. Pumpkins need the late summer sun to ripen, so leave out as long as possible, but harvest before the first frosts of Autumn. The record for the largest pumpkin to be grown outdoors in Britain was broken in 2016, weighing in at a hefty 600kg.

Eating and decorating

Pumpkins are great fun for carving for Halloween, but are also tasty in hearty soupscurries and cakes. They make for a beautiful and colourful decorative display when grouped together in various sizes and different shades of vibrant, burnt oranges. The addition of two large whole pumpkins either side of your front door will quickly add some autumn cheer or, if you are hosting an at-home bonfire night supper, a nice idea is to use them as you would a vase and fill one large pumpkin with fresh flowers to create a stunning autumnal centrepiece. Watch our video for more creative ideas with pumpkins.

Good for you

One cup of pumpkin has around 550 mg of potassium, making it one of the highest sources amongst fruits and vegetables.

Waste not want not

Once pumpkins have been used for decorating the house or for Halloween pumpkin carving competitions they can be disposed of on the compost heap, along with your other vegetable kitchen waste. They make great composting for better nutrient-rich soil come spring time in the garden.

Have fun with your little ones at our pumpkin carving workshops for children. Dates and times vary by store so book now to avoid disappointment.