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Recipe: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Jack-be-Little Pumpkins)

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Ingredients • 2 Cups Heavy Cream • ¼ Cup Sugar (additional sugar will be needed for caramelizing) • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar • 8 Large Egg Yolks • 1 Cup Canned 100% Pure Pumpkin • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon Method: • Preheat oven to 180 deg. (Celsius) • Cut tops off each pumpkin and save for presentation. • Scrape out the seeds and fibres from pumpkins. • Place pumpkins on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes. • Remove from oven and let cool. • In saucepan, combine cream and sugars, stir…

The health benefits of pumpkins

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: 20/08/2018

20 August 2018 Tanya Malan Seeing that we are starting our HATCH-A-PUMPKIN-PATCH challenge (find the competition details on the Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Facebook page), I thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing benefits of pumpkins! Before we speak about the benefits of pumpkins, let's just take note that squash and pumpkin are part of the same family being the Cucurbitaceae Family and just on an interesting point, they are all actually considered fruit! Throughout history pumpkins has had many uses. Remember Jonah in the Bible? He sat under the shade of a gourd to relieve his sunstroke! In…


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It is the season!

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: 15/08/2019

Isn’t it amazing how time flies? Here we are in the second half of 2019, with winter nearing its end. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about spring and what you need to do to prepare your veggie garden for the new season. A good place to start would be to clear your beds, add compost and mulch and allow the soil to recuperate a bit. So the question becomes, what can we plant? Fortunately, the warmer seasons offer more possibilities! And why don’t you try varieties that you haven’t planted before? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Visit…

Can all children be entrepreneurs?

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19 August 2018 Article by Tanya Malan (proud mom of 3 great world changers) What is entrepreneurship? According to Wikipedia it is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is often initially a small business. Those who create these businesses are called entrepreneurs. That brings us to our topic - Can all children be entrepreneurs? My answer, Yes they can IF the parent allows their child the room to explore, experiment and facilitate unlimited learning and problem solving! Children are born creative. It is society, its educational systems and their norms that 'file down' the natural…

Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Winter Challenge 2018

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: 28/08/2018

Winter Challenge 2018 – it was a challenge indeed! Winter is a time when things slow down. This season is usually seen as a time of preparation for spring and summer. Homeschoolers, however, are a different breed. They are used to doing things differently – to think outside the box. As a matter of fact, they will only use the box if it serves a practical purpose and enable them to learn and grow! It is therefore not surprising that they jumped at the chance to take on the Winter Challenge put to them by Durandt’s Heirloom Seeds. They were…

Pumpkin Jack-be-Little

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(Cucurbita pepo) Originally given to us by Jane Griffiths. Oh, the wonder of these tiny little pumpkins. Kids just love them, and it’s one of the easiest ways to get kids to eat their veggies, make it cool and exciting. Harvested young they can be cooked like Gems and eaten whole, or you can roast them separately, scoop out the seed and fill with a savoury mixture. Expect 7-10 fruit per well grown plant. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Cinderella

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(Cucurbita maxima) Originated from France, also known as Rouge vif D’Etampes, this deep orange coloured pumpkin is perfect for baked goods. As its name states, it resembles the fairy tale pumpkin. It is full of nutritional value, high in dietary fibre, vitamins A & C, potassium and iron. Grilling / roasting this deliciously sweet pumpkin will enhance the sweetness. Cooked, it can be pureed and made into pumpkin ice-cream. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Jarrahdale

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) This is simply a superb pumpkin, boasting long storage, good production and a very thick, tasty flesh. One of the things I like about this pumpkin is the very thin skin that can be peeled off with a potato peeler with absolutely no wastage. Originally from Australia, you can expect 3-4 good sized pumpkins, weighing 5-7 kg each, off of each plant. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Ol Zeb’s

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita pepo) A classic old pumpkin variety that is good for cooking and carving. Beautiful deep rich orange colour with a finely ribbed skin. The stem dries into a perfect handle for carrying. This variety is an old traditional variety that is difficult to find. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Triamble

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) Oh, we are very excited about this new pumpkin variety. Also known as the triangle pumpkin, Tri-Star and Shamrock. It is a rare, unusual and unique blue skinned pumpkin that originates from Australia. The orange flesh is very sugary and dense, yet succulent and sweet and used in pumpkin pie, muffins, curries and soups. The skin is extremely hard and has a very small or no seed cavity, thus its rarity. Approx. 10 Seeds

Pumpkin Conneticut Field

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) For those of you looking for "Halloween Pumpkins" or pumpkins to make traditional pumpkin pie, this is the one! Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Galeux D’Eysines

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(Cucurbita maxima) Magnifigue et irresistible!! This French heirloom is just simply awesome. A lovely firm hefty pumpkin that makes the perfect pumpkin soup, it is also superb as a roasting pumpkin, in the French way naturally. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Lady Godiva

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(Cucurbita maxima) This pumpkin is not really an edible pumpkin, but rather grown for its seeds or carving and decoration. Unlike other pumpkin, the seeds do not have a hard covering and this makes them the best for pumpkin nuts (roasted pumpkin seeds), eaten as a healthy and nutritious snack, delicious in muesli and rusks. These pumpkins grow to bowling ball size and last up to 3 months on the shelf. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Musque de Provence

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) This pumpkin originates from the south of France, also known as the fairy tale pumpkin or gourmet specialty. These pumpkins look like big cheese wheels, just flat and ribbed. The immature fruits are a green colour and the mature fruits are a deep brown. Its flesh is deep orange, well flavoured and sweet. Can be used in soups, sauces or baked into yummy goodies. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Nelson’s Venda

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A beautifully mottled, striped Venda pumpkin. This dense, dry fleshed pumpkin is both disease resistant and superbly prolific. The beautiful pumpkins store well and have an exceptional flavour. Flesh varies between deep orange and salmon pink. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Queensland Blue

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) This is a very good storage pumpkin that will keep for months, once dried off properly. The Blue is an Iron bark, which means you need to put some effort into obtaining the flesh, however, the rich flavourful flesh is there in abundance and well worth it. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Turk’s Turban

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 26/10/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) One of the most beautiful pumpkins to grow in your garden. Productive and tasty with a fine textured flesh. This is probably the oldest pumpkin variety we have available (we have traced this variety back to the 1800’s). On well grown plants expect 7-10 fruits. As the plant gets older the fruit size diminishes, so presumably one could limit the number of fruits and get larger fruit. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Strawberry Crown

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) This pumpkin was discovered in the 1980’s in Brazil by American seed collector Mary Schultz. The seed was then increased through SSE and put into general circulation. A really great pumpkin variety with a good flavour and high yields on strong growing vines. Stores well as long as the stem is allowed to dry off correctly. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Wit Boer

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(Cucurbita maxima) South Africa’s own Wit Boer Pampoen. Steeped in tradition. This is the real ‘Boere Pampoen’ that has a long standing reputation as an outstanding variety, one of the longer storing pumpkins with a superior flesh, texture and flavour. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Young’s Beauty

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(Cucurbita maxima) A superb tasty pumpkin that is also great for carvings and decorations with a bright orange and hard exterior and very think fleshy walls. This pumpkin attracts bees, butterflies and birds into your garden and is a perfect pumpkin for inexperienced gardeners and for those gardeners who don’t like the hassle of high maintenance gardening. Approx 10 seeds

Pumpkin Cherokee Bush

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 19/08/2018

(Cucurbita pepo) A jack-o-lantern type pumpkin that is either used for carving and as decorations, or the delicious golden flesh is used to make scrumptious home-baked breads and pumpkin pies. The plants are high yielding and produce pumpkins of 2-4kg that are ready to harvest in just 85 days. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Ugly Duckling

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 19/08/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) Ugly Duckling is a French Heirloom ornamental pumpkin. It is a Cinderella-type pumpkin with its skin colour ranging from pale yellow to a deep dark orange with an occasional green stripe. The skin is slightly rough with a few bumps on. The thick flesh is deliciously sweet with a custard-like flavour. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Marina di Chioggia

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 19/08/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) This is a traditional Italian heirloom pumpkin with an iron bark skin. It takes a bit of effort to get into the fruit, however, once you are inside, you are treated to a superbly flavoured flesh that will do well with any meal. This is the pumpkin featured in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable Miracle. Approx. 10 seeds

Pumpkin Juane Gros de Paris

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) A very cool pumpkin with a great history. For those of you interested in the Giant Pumpkins, this is the original progenitor of all giant pumpkins. With some effort you can push these to around 45-50 Kgs. But if you are not looking to push for weight and would rather have a few pumpkins on the vine then expect weights of around 10-15 kg's. Approx 10 seeds

Pumpkin Long Island Cheese

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 19/08/2018

(Cucurbita moschata) A pumpkin that looks like a wheel of cheese with a pale yellow-tan coloured smooth skin. The orange flesh has a mild and sweet flavour with a large seed cavity in the middle. Fruits will be anything between 2.5 kg's and 4.5 kg's and are very yummy when stuffed with some mince and cheese. Approx. 10 seeds

Giant Pumpkin Growing Kit

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 08/09/2019

This Giant Pumpkin Growing Kit contains everything you need to grow a prize winning GIANT pumpkin! This kit contains: • a Giant Pumpkin Growing Manual • 3 x Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds • 3 x Jiffy Coir Pots • 3 x Plant Markers • 700g Livingseeds Germination Mix • 500g Talborne Organics Vita Grow 2:3:2 Fertilizer • 1 x Germination Heating Pad • PLUS 1 x Entry into the Livingseeds Giant Pumpkin Competition Entry into the 2020 Livingseeds Giant Pumpkin Competition, which will be held on the 14th March 2020.