Organic Squash: Sweet Dumpling, Patidou. Cucurbita pepo.
Small sized, a sweet little squash which can be eaten when still young or left to fully ripen after 90 days. Stripey skin with yellow flesh, ready September October.
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 80cms apart and keep well fed and 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.
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.