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pumpkins in ireland

I remember on a tour in Ireland in October seeing bins of pumpkins outside of stores. our guide told us that pumpkins wont grow in Irish weather/soil. Traditionally jack o lanterns were carved in turnips, etc., (how difficult!) but that the Irish now loved to carve pumpkins , so pumpkins are imported. what I wished I had figured out what how much a pumpkin costs (US equivalent) after it has been shipped to Ireland. anyone have this information?

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While I don't have any information in Irish prices, I can say that if they do import them they don't have to import them very far. We have millions of them here in England, and I'm sure the Dutch grow a few too.

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Sainsbury's has medium carving pumpkins at £2 each, Tesco.ie has medium pumpkins at €1.99 each. They used turnips in Scotland as well prior to the pumpkin coming over.

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Can it really be the case that the climate and soil in the whole of Ireland is unsuitable for the growing of pumpkins? Or was it perhaps that the conditions locally to the speaker were unsuitable?

On the subject of the transportation of food, how many people know that a lot of the shellfish consumed in Mediterranean countries is actually caught in northern Scotland and transported south in refrigerated trucks? In fact, I heard yesterday that some of the opposition to Scottish independence came from Scottish fisherman worried about losing their markets.

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Pumpkins are grown in Ireland. Quite possibly there aren't enough grown to meet all demand some years depending on weather.

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On the subject of the transportation of food, how many people know that a lot of the shellfish consumed in Mediterranean countries is actually caught in northern Scotland and transported south in refrigerated trucks? In fact, I heard yesterday that some of the opposition to Scottish independence came from Scottish fisherman worried about losing their markets.

Me! I don't count do I? Fisheries were interesting during the referendum campaign because both sides were using it in different ways to try and make ground against the other.

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Only a few guides tell porkies to big up stories or cover lack of knowledge.

.... and I was well aware that most Spanish Paella is made with catches from Peterhead.