The classic heirloom open pollinated courgette. Prolific production of dark, long, tasty fruit.
A frost-tender annual plant, the pumpkin or marrow is widely cultivated in temperate and tropical zones for its edible fruit. It has long been grown as a domestic plant.
Requires a rich, well-drained moisture retentive soil and a very warm, sunny and sheltered position.
Plants produce both male and female flowers. These are insect pollinated but in cool weather it is worthwhile hand pollinating.
They also grow well with nasturtiums, mint, beans and radishes.
The flowers and flower buds can be eaten fresh, as an addition to a salad for example; cooked, often being dipped in batter and deep fried or added to stir fries; or dried for later use.
The fruit can be eaten fresh when young, or cooked at any age. When older fruits are prepared for cooking, a popular method is for the seeds in the middle to be scooped out, a filling put in their place, and then baked.
The fruit absorbes flavour well when cooked and is often boiled in pinapple juice to create a sweet jam.
Leaves and young stems have a mild taste and can be added to salads or cooked as a potherb.
The seed is edible raw or cooked, and has a pleasant nutty flavour.
The seed can ground into a powder and mixed with cereals for making bread etc.
The seeds can be sprouted and used in salads etc.
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