How to Grow Pumpkins

This nutrient rich fruit is not just for Halloween


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There’s no doubt about it. Fall is here in full force, the leaves are turning all fiery shades of red, orange, and yellow, and those pumpkin spice latte cravings are real.

Fall also heralds the coming of spooky season and there is no fruit that shouts halloween more than the humble pumpkin.

Not just for halloween…

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Pumpkins are famous for their use in carving Jack O’ Lanterns, with their flickering candlelights dating back to tales of mysterious flickering lights sighted over peat bogs.

The name also relates to the Irish legend of the deceiver and manipulator Stingy Jack, a mythical character who is said to be doomed to roam forever with only a hollowed out turnip to light his way.

As families and friends gather to carve their pumpkins, the insides are carefully gathered for hearty pumpkin soups and pies to ward off the autumn chill.

But pumpkins are not just for Halloween. This delicious fruit packs a nutrient-rich punch, with one cup of pumpkin pulp delivering 78% of the recommended daily…



Zoë Poulsen
Gardening, Birding, and Outdoor Adventure

Botanist, freelance writer and conservationist based in Cape Town at the heart of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region.