David Hunter in Surrey
After Halloween, pumpkins are very cheap. The vegetable of choice for Jack O'Lanterns and pumpkin pie in North America, they are popular around the world.
Russians make pumpkin porridge; in Thailand this is a choice ingredient for curry. Sri Lankans also use pumpkins for curry, serving it with sambol and dahl. In Morocco, pumpkins are combined with chickpeas in a tasty soup.
In many parts of the world, these fast-growing vegetables are cheap, and provide nutrition for people who can't afford more expensive produce. After Jack O'Lanterns have been carved and pumpkin pies made, the rest of the crop is sold cheap.
In the Fraser Valley, pumpkins are sometimes left in the field and ploughed back into the ground. What a waste of food!