+ BUYING If buying whole, choose pumpkins with firm, glossy skin.
If cut, it should be well sealed, have firm flesh and the seeds should be plump with no discolouration.
+ STORING Whole pumpkins can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months. Once cut, remove seeds, cover with plastic food wrap and then refrigerate for up to 1 week.
+ USING One of the most versatile of vegetables, pumpkin can be boiled, baked, grilled or mashed. Use in patties, gnocchi, soups, cakes, fillings – the list seems endless.