Every little pumpkin helps...Tesco buys Fen farmer's entire crop

PUBLISHED: 12:31 20 October 2011

Clive Martin of Whitegates Farm in March with the tiny pumpkins - Picture: MASONS NEWS

Clive Martin of Whitegates Farm in March with the tiny pumpkins - Picture: MASONS NEWS

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A FARMER in the Fens has tasted sweet success after Tesco bought his entire crop of Britain's tiniest pumpkins.

The supermarket giant is selling 30,000 of the miniature Munchkin Pumpkins bred by Clive Martin at Whitegates Farm in March.

The quirky fruits weigh just 200g compared to the average of 4kg and are being sold across the country for £1 each throughout Halloween.

Mr Martin said: “They are quite attractive to look at, they keep for ages, and as well as being decorative they are very tasty too.

“The variety are naturally small but these are even smaller - you can even put them in the microwave whole.

“We got cleared out last year so I knew they would be really popular again, especially as Halloween is such a big thing.

“It’ll be brilliant to see them on the shelf and I’m not surprised they’ve proved to be a big hit, I suppose they’re quite quirky.”

Munchkin pumpkins are roughly 20 times smaller than the average pumpkins and are known for having a much sweeter taste. They are approximately the size of a grapefruit.

Mr Martin said it was the third year the farm - which specialises in organic fruit and vegetables - had grown the unusual strain.

He hopes to produce around 100,000 of the tiny pumpkins next year.

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