It’s pumpkin pickin’ time!
Pumpkins are ready to pick once the vines have mostly browned off and died down.
When harvesting pumpkins:
- You need to keep at least 5-10 cm of green stalk attached to each pumpkin, so DO NOT pull them from the vine. Use a knife or pruners to snip them free.
- Don’t be tempted to carry the pumpkins by their stalk “handle” it will probably break off!
- Try not to cut or damage the skin
To cure pumpkins ready for storage:
- Put them in a sunny, dry, airy position to dry for 1-2 weeks. I normally put them on our outdoor table that is under the verandah.
- They are ready to store once the stem is dry and brittle.
- Store them in a cool, dry and well ventilated area.
- Lay them out on a single layer, so they aren’t touching to allow good air circulation.
- Properly cured pumpkins will keep for 2-3 months
You can’t go past pumpkin soup!
Try adding a touch of curry powder to your normal recipe – that subtle spicey hint of warmth from the curry powder makes it EXTRA warming.
photography by HYNESITE PHOTOGRAPHY