Organic Squash: Green Hokkaido. Cucurbita maxima.
We grew this popular winter squash for the veg boxes back in the day. Its deliciously nutty-flavoured orange flesh is stores well for 4 – 5 months after harvest. Fruits weigh up to 1.5kgs.
How to grow:
Sow seeds in pots on heat in April/May. Grow on till there are three true leaves then plant out in the ground when there’s no chance of a frost. Covering with fleece offers some protection if you get caught out. Plant at least 60cms apart and keep well watered, preferably from below.
Keep slugs off when young. Can get mildew on the leaves, planting in full sun helps this, remove any badly affected leaves. Store above 8C to protect the skins.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Versitile in the kitchen, can be added to soups, stews and great in peanut butter curry. You can bake wedges in the oven – drizzle with oil and season. Hollow out, stuff with lots of veggie delights and bake.
This creeping vine in the cucurbitaceae family originates from India, cultivated for 1,000’s of years.
Avg contents: 10 seeds.