29 September 2008

Spanish Pumpkin

In rural parts of Andalucia the quality of the soil does not suit many fruits and vegetables. We have been experimenting with some garden essentials over the past few years and have found something that thrives - Pumpkin.

We planted some seeds in mid June and just added water...

3 months later and it looks like there will be plenty of soup for Halloween, the pumpkin is a good 40cm in diameter, by no means a giant but big enough. Our local green grocer also grows his own for re-sale on his stall in the village, you can even buy it by the segment. Very popular roasted here in Andalucia.

During the summer we also started to build some terraces to accommodate more veg and the odd fruit tree for next year. The plant itself began to take over - even growing through the composter. There are also 6 more pumpkins which appear to have "taken" quite well. Our 6 year old little boy shows great interest on the approach to Halloween night..

Roasted pumpkin recipe and pumpkin soup coming soon!

Coming up soon: Something special for beef rib.. and some simple hot tapas.


Shionge said...

Imagine growing your own, harvest and cook it, can't wait for your next instalment :)

Orce Serrano Hams said...

Always tastes better when its home grown...! :)

Anonymous said...

I hope you will show us photos of pumpkin when it comes to Hallowe'en. Do they celebrate it in Spain, too?
I have to say I just love pumpkin soup!

Orce Serrano Hams said...

I will be putting my carving skills to the test Sheffy on Oct 31st attempting to create something that Mac junior will be proud of (with his help of course) Halloween isn't celebrated in the same way over here, it is called the day of the dead where respects are paid, a somber affair but a heartwarming insight into a different culture.