Keelings Farms have harvested the first pumpkins of the season this week, and the Halloween favourites are due to arrive in Tesco Ireland stores soon.
Sinead McDonogh, Tesco Ireland’s Fresh Buyer said, “Our range of pumpkins is bigger than ever this year, with Irish pumpkins in stores from next week on, followed by eye-catching munchkin, red devil and ghost pumpkins closer to Halloween.”
Tesco Ireland is expecting to sell over 90,000 Irish pumpkins this year, all of which have been grown outside Castlebellingham in Louth. Grower Oisin O’Gradaigh also commented, “We have had a bumper crop this year due to the fine weather. We started growing pumpkins here ten years ago on a couple of acres and have since increased in scale to produce over 90,000 pumpkins this year for Tesco Ireland stores.
“This year we also innovated the way we grow pumpkins by planting the pumpkin seeds in a protective wrap which keeps the seeds clean and insulates them to accelerate growth. We also introduced bumblebee hives into the fields for a more uniform pollination across the crop,” added O’Gradaigh.
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