Pumpkins are related to zucchini and squash but take up more space in the garden. They form vines with hairy, hollow stems and large green leaves that often conceal the crop.
They are a great source of potassium, vitamins C, B and E as well as beta-carotene that is converted to vitamin A. These vitamins can help play an important role in the health of the skin.
Pumpkins are not a quick growing vegetable taking 70 to 120 days from seed to harvest. However, they can be kept for months in a dark, cool space for use throughout autumn and winter. They are great in soups, casseroles, stews or used roasted, steamed or mashed. As well as classic pumpkin soup other favourite vegetarian dishes include warm pumpkin salad and pumpkin curry.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful pumpkin harvest including tips along the way.