Pumpkin 'Australian Butter'

Cucurbita maxima
Organic

With pale-orange skin and sweet flesh, it tastes just as good as butternut. Perfect for your Sunday roast or a delicious soup. Smaller than other Aussie heirloom pumpkins. Harvest in 19 weeks; yields 9kg per plant.

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Pumpkin 'Australian Butter'

An Australian heirloom pumpkin with pale orange skin with fine-flavoured sweet flesh. These may not appear as butternuts but the taste just as good - perhaps better! Delicious roasted or in soup. Harvest in 19 weeks, yields 9kg per plant. The Diggers Club has proudly worked with the Seed Savers Exchange to perserve these Australian treasures.

How to grow

Pumpkins are the easiest of the curcubits to grow, they are big feeders, so dig in plenty of well rotted manure where they are to grow. They germinate easily in warm soil, gardeners in cooler areas can start their seedlings in pots in a warm spot and plant out after risk of frost has passed. Pumpkins need plenty of water as they grow, mulch well to conserve moisture and eliminate weeds. Harvest pumpkins when the stalk attaching it to the vine turns woody and corky. Cut (not tear) the stalk from the plant. Never lift the pumpkin by this 'handle' as if it breaks off the pumpkin will go mouldy within days.

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