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Harvest time for pumpkins

In the case of winter pumpkins, the harvest time depends on the variety. However, it can generally be stated that the pumpkin harvest begins between the end of March and the end of May. With a few little tricks you can quickly find out when your pumpkin can be harvested.

When the growth phase of the pumpkins is over, the stalks become dry and woody. If the stalk is very woody, the pumpkin can be harvested without hesitation. Another characteristic by which you can tell the ripeness of the pumpkin is the rich colour which the pumpkin has when fully ripe. And another sign of the ripeness of the winter pumpkin is a hollow sound when you tap it. But be sure to harvest it before the first frost.

During the harvest itself, ensure that the pumpkins are not damaged. If pumpkins are squashed or otherwise damaged, a rotting process may begin – and enjoyment of the home-grown pumpkin will therefore not last long. After harvesting, you should wash your pumpkins thoroughly so that no bacteria and fungi multiply in the soil residue. Then store the pumpkin in a dry place. By following all these tips you can look forward to a successful pumpkin harvest. 

What to do with your pumpkins? Here is a delicious recipe for you to cook:

Pumpkin vegetables:
1 zucchini
½ leek
1 capsicum
½ pumpkin
Vegetable stock
Optional feta cheese

Wash and finely chop the vegetables. Then place everything in a large pot or pan and sauté. Repeatedly douse with vegetable stock. Allow the stock to increasingly soak in to form a smooth sauce. Optionally dice feta cheese and mix in to taste. This makes the pumpkin dish a little tangier. Rice or potatoes are suitable side dishes.

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