Pumpkin Red Hokkaido

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Cucurbita maxima ‘Red Hokkaido’)

Classic pumpkin that originated in Europe but has become a popular part of Japanese cuisine. There are several forms of Hokkaido and this one has a deep red skin with rich flavour.

Flavours/Food Partners

Pumpkins have a sweet flavour that partners well with softer herbs like parsley, lemon thyme, chervil and celery leaf. Red Hokkaido (like all in this group) are one of the most versatile of all veggies.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

A nutty pumpkin with orange/ flesh that can be cooked in a multitude of ways; baked, steamed, boiled, mashed, stuffed sauteed or fried. Will hold for two or so months post harvest if stored in dry airy position. Harvest at about 500gm – or when first frosts occur. Stuff and bake whole in a kettle BBQ.

Landscaping/Planting

lant in moist well drained soil in full sun position. Vigorous vine growing to 1.5m.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Deep water as needed. Applt Seasol and Powerfeed regularly. No other care needed.

Herb Attributes

Position FULL SUN, LIGHT FROST.
Height 35CM
Width 1.5M