It’s the season for pumpkins, for winter squash and (at least in our garden) for a glut of round, yellow cucumbers. The cucumbers (in the basket at the front) are a variety called Crystal Lemon, easily grown outdoors, prolific, crisp and tasty, once you’ve peeled off the slightly prickly, yellow skin. Unfortunately the cucumber glut comes after the summer weather when we felt like eating salad every day. I must try and get them started earlier next year.
The two orange squash (squashes?) are Potimarron, an autumn mainstay of French market stalls which seems happy to adapt to life in Northumberland. Their firm yellow flesh has a nutty flavour and makes a tasty risotto with toasted walnuts. They keep well but are so useful that they get used up quickly. I must grow more next year.
The big pumpkins are another old French variety, Gros Jaune de Paris (or Big Yellow of Paris). The flesh is said to be sweet and ideal for pumpkin soup. There’s a lot of soup potential sitting in the potting shed.
Back in the summer we had a good supply of courgettes; then I stopped paying attention. The result was six enormous marrows. I’ve converted one to a dozen jars of marrow ginger jam and given two away to friends who claimed to be delighted with their gifts. Marrows don’t keep well so that’s still three to use up before they start to rot. Stuffed marrow anyone?