|The Swedish pumpkin championship|
How big and heavy can a pumpkin be? This question is answered every year in September, when we host the Swedish pumpkin championship. To present their pumpkins, breeders from all over Sweden come to Solberga, often with a small truck: the record set in 2009 by Anders Lilja is 626 kg! To breed a pumpkin has much to do with strategy, and we will happily explain some of the secrets to you. You can also find giant pumpkin seeds in our farm shop and become a breeder yourself.
We have about 40 species of pumpkin on Solberga, including very tasty ones such as Uchiki Kuri, Muscat pumpkin or Butternut, as well as pumpkins that can only be used for decoration, e.g. Jack-be-Little or Rouge vif d'Etampes. Halloween pumpkins include Conneticut Field and Tom Fox, the largest species is the Atlantic Giant.
The first pumpkins are ready for harvest in mid-August. By the end of September, in time for the pumpkin championship, there are thousands of pumpkins on our fields. The greatest event is eventually the selection of the winners, which is always done the Saturday of the last week in September. We choose winners in four different categories: The nicest pumpkin, Öland's largest, Rookie of the year and Swedish Open.
Autumn festival & Swedish pumpkin championship