We will normally grow four or five varieties of squash, some organically and some not. Everybody has their favourite. The squash come in a vast array of colours and sizes and they will have different keeping qualities. They are all members of the same vegetable family, although you may not believe it.
‘Crown Prince’ and ‘Grey Pumpkin’ is a grey skinned pumpkin that is a little more unusual than the traditional orange varieties and emanate from New Zealand. Although it may not look as attractive, it is one of the best varieties for culinary use. The bright orange flesh has a fine flavour which is excellent when roasted. They are good keepers, will store until April and the size of each fruit varies from 2kg to 6kg. Sold in 18kg nets.
Green Kabocha or Hokkaido
A member of the pumpkin family, this vegetable is a thick-skinned pumpkin-shaped squash that ranges in diameter from 8 to 12 inches with an average weight of 1kg to 3kg. Inside the hard deep green or redish-orange, spotted outer skin there is a semi-firm, dense golden flesh that has a rich, sweet flavour. With a flavor that tastes similar to pumpkin meat or a sweet potato, it is a good substitute for recipes requiring pumpkin or sweet potatoes as ingredients. When cooked its texture resembles that of a tender potato. It can be baked, braised, pureed, stuffed, or steamed to be served as a side dish or as a base for soups, cakes, and pies.
Sold in 18kg nets.
Although regarded as a winter squash, they are closer to the summer varieties. The most common variety is dark green in colour, often with a single splotch of orange on the side or top. However, newer varieties have arisen, including Golden Acorn, so named for its glowing yellow colour, as well as varieties that are white. As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn. Acorn squashes typically weigh 0.5kg to 1kgand are between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is quite hardy and will keep up to Christmas, if kept in a cool dry location.
Gem Squash (Organic)
Another member of the cucurbit family, a little bit bigger than a cricket ball and nearly as hard!! This is a hybrid that originally came from a wild squash in Mexico and a wild squash from Central US. Generally boiled or baked and favoured by the people of South Africa. Regarded as a summer squash, but does tend to keep very well and will keep until November, stored in the right conditions.
This brightly coloured green and white squash, and sometimes a dash of yellow, resembles an Acorn, very pointed at the base, but not quite so large.
Sold in 18kg nets
Onion Squash (Organic). Not available this year.
Onion squash, (Red Kuri or Uchiki Kuri squash) is a thick-skinned orange coloured winter squash, will keep until Christmas, that has the appearance of a small pumpkin without the ridges. Inside the hard outer skin there is a firm flesh that provides a very delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavour. They are more difficult to grow and get a sensible commercial yield, so don’t expect lorry loads from the English climate.