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Pumpkins Larger This Year, Notes Tesco UK

By Donna Ahern
Pumpkins Larger This Year, Notes Tesco UK

Pumpkins will be larger this year and it’s a result of Britain’s unpredictable weather this summer, Tesco has noted.

Lucy Moss, pumpkin buyer, Tesco, commented, “The good news for Halloween fans coming from our main pumpkin growers is that the fruit will be larger than normal in all size variations this year as a result of very good growing conditions across the summer months.

“This year we have six different sizes and based on last year’s demand, carving variety is still the most popular although. Each of the six different size categories will be larger than usual this year so fans will get value for money.

“The good news, from a food waste point of view, is that there has been an increase in customers searching for recipes for their delicious versatile pumpkin flesh on our Tesco Real Food website.”

Oakley Farms

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According to Tesco, Oakley Farms, based near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, are one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of pumpkins, growing around five million each year.

The farm works hand in hand with Tesco to ensure that there is as little pumpkin waste as possible, the retailer noted.

Steve Whitworth, commercial manager at Oakley Farms, said, “We had a pretty good growing season for pumpkins this summer with a really hot June which really helped the plants along.

“The rainy July and August may not have been great for sun lovers or BBQ fans but from a growing point of view for pumpkins it was perfect.

“The weather gave us the right amount of rain with sunny intervals especially compared with the challenging conditions we encountered during last year’s heatwave which was officially the hottest UK year on record.”

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