Forgotten Flavours

Pumpkin Patch Chronicles: the Flavors of Manjimup’s Heirloom Vegetables

Manjimup, a quaint town nestled in the heart of the Karri Forest, is transforming into a food lover’s paradise, and the maestro behind this culinary revolution is none other than Rick Scoones, the visionary owner of Warren Grange Horticulture. In a world dominated by mundane pumpkin varieties, Rick is on a mission to bring back the forgotten flavors of heirloom vegetables, creating a cornucopia of choices for the modern palate.

Manjimup’s fertile soil and climate offer the perfect canvas for Rick’s horticultural dreams. He believes in expanding our culinary horizons beyond the typical pumpkins found in grocery stores. The diverse shapes and colors of heirloom vegetables deliver a symphony of flavors, from savory to sweet, dry to moist, and everything in between. It’s a playground for chefs and home cooks alike, inviting them to craft unique dishes that pay homage to the past while embracing the present.

One of the secrets to the delectable produce from Warren Grange is patience. Rick allows his vegetables to fully mature on the plant, resulting in a rich supply of sugars and essential nutrients that are often missing from commercially harvested produce. Moreover, the pristine soil of the region ensures minimal use of fertilizers and chemicals, making these heirloom vegetables a healthier choice.

Pumpkins, often underestimated, are the stars of Rick’s garden. With an astonishing 43 quirky varieties, including the whimsical White Cloud and exotic Turks Turban, these pumpkins are a treasure trove of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A, reducing the risk of certain diseases. They also offer a healthy dose of potassium and Vitamin C, benefiting your heart and overall well-being.

Rick’s exploration doesn’t stop at pumpkins. He delves into other treasures like heirloom tomatoes, capsicums, peppers, eggplants, and chillies, ensuring a year-round culinary adventure. As the seasons change, so do his selections, reflecting the ever-evolving tastes of the community.

You can meet Rick at the Perth Farmers Markets, where he showcases the best of Warren Grange every weekend. From Manning Markets on Saturdays to Kalamunda Markets on Sundays, you can immerse yourself in the world of heirloom vegetables and savor the delights of Manjimup’s rich culinary heritage.

In this little corner of Western Australia, Warren Grange Horticulture is rewriting the food narrative, proving that old flavors can find new life in modern cuisine. So, why settle for ordinary when you can indulge in the extraordinary world of heirloom vegetables right here in Manjimup?


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