• I yam what I yam

    Yams – those beautifully coloured winter vegetable that look so lovely on the shelf but many people know very little about them or how to cook them. So here’s a few yamtastic facts… Yams grown in New Zealand originate from the South American Andes where they are known as oca. New Zealand yams are different … Continued

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  • – Staff Pick – Cara Cara Oranges

    Without a doubt these are the sweetest oranges we have ever eaten! They are a navel orange with pink flesh. These seedless beauties are full of juice and sweet sweet flavour. Our customers have been raving about them and coming back for seconds and thirds and the kids are loving them. They have been flying … Continued

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  • Purple is the new orange

    Over the last couple of weeks purple carrots have been making waves in our store. These are available throughout the year but are often quite expensive. We have been lucky enough to be able to get these and yellow carrots at the same price as orange carrots for a short time. Did you know that … Continued

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  • Meet the Owner

    This is one of our amazing owners Laura . She grew up on this side of town and moved out to North Canterbury 10 years ago to start up a fruit and vege shop out there which she ran with her husband for ten years. Her nick name is Pocket Rocket . Mother of two … Continued

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  • Banana Pikelets

    These banana pikelets are a great way to feed the kids after school and use up excess bananas. Ingredients: 2 cups self-raising flour 1 pinch salt 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbs butter melted 2 eggs beaten 1 1/2 cups milk 2 bananas mashed pinch of cinnamon Method: Sift self-raising flour, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Whisk in sugar, butter, eggs … Continued

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  • Pumpkin and Chicken Curry

    So you have a beautiful pumpkin from your friends at the funky pumpkin, the question is now what to do with it. Here a recipe the boss made earlier in the week using a Butternut pumpkin. Ingredients: 500g Skinless Chicken cut into chunks(breast or thigh) 3 cups Pumpkin peeled and cubed 1 onion peeled and … Continued

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  • Funky Pumpkin Guide to Goodness

    Fruit and veg, as we all know, are the gift of Mother Nature. We also know they ride the wave of seasonal changes, and crops and orchards sometimes get on the ‘wrong side’ of Nature’s fickle ways. Here at Funky Pumpkin, the crew thought we’d do a regular update on the comings and goings of … Continued

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  • If pickles tickle your fancy, eat your heart out at Funky Pumpkin

    The team at Funky Pumpkin loves celebrating local, which is why we’re talking about one of our favourite suppliers – Kev’s Pickled. Based in Woodend, North Canterbury, Kev (otherwise known as Kevin Fayen) is a master pickler and sauce maker. In his kitchen by the sea, he produces delicious Tomato Relish, Beetroot Chutney (to die … Continued

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  • Funky Crunchy Carrot Chaos

    Crunch them, munch them, roast them, juice them, bake them…the list goes on – so many ways to cherish the crafty carrot. This time round, the Funky Pumpkin team decided to focus the love on the carrot. We’ve got some great pumpkin (of course) and tear-inspiring humble onion action going on at our Colombo Street … Continued

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  • May the power of the Pomegranate be with you!

    Funky Pumpkin has nominated the Pomegranate as our favourite fruit this week Here’s why: Pomegranate is super food, with style. Its magic seeds are full of goodness and antioxidants, with its list of benefits reported to include improving heart and mental health and even fighting cancer. The juice-filled arils from this quirky red fruit can … Continued

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