Pumpkins at Kentford Trial Grounds

Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

With the arrival of Autumn on the Mr Fothergill’s trials ground closing down and clearing away starts in earnest but for some vegetables now is their time to shine. Cucurbits or pumpkins, squashes and gourds are perhaps best associated with Autumn harvests particularly around the celebration of Halloween. Martina, Mr Fothergill’s assistant trials manager, has gathered in the result of the summer’s growing to create an amazing display that shows just what fascinating and varied fruits these are.

Mr Fothergill’s trials include new lines that are being assessed as well as existing ones. The following current Mr Fothergill’s varieties can be seen amongst Martina’s colourful display;

Large pumpkin; Atlantic Giant – the biggest fruits and our best seller,

Medium pumpkins; Racer F1 and Charmant F1, a more manageable size, ideal for carving and culinary use.

Small pumpkins; Small Sugar and Rouge vif d’Etampes. These mini fruits are high in sugars with dense flesh making them ideal for cooking.

Among the squashes, you’ll see the teardrop-shaped Uchiki Kuri and the green-skinned Honey Bear F1. Both have sweet nutty orange flesh, best roasted with a little olive oil.

For pure decoration there are also the decorative gourdes, they grow in a wide range of shapes and colours. Though they are not edible they are fun, easy to grow and undoubtedly a fascinating addition to the autumn display.

Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

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