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Butternut is not the only squash
Sun 25-Oct-09
12:29 pm

I just love winter squash - just brought mine home from the plot and can't wait to use them.

Over the years I've grown a fair number of varieties and liked most of them. This year it was:--

 Uchiki Kuri  early and reliable

Buttercup said by some to be the best flavour

Delicata small fruit for serving individually

Vegetable Spaghetti - some folks hate it - I love it

Just wondered what other members experiences were of growing and using different squash varieties

Mon 26-Oct-09
10:30 am
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We grew patty pan squash in large pots - really lovely in summer risottos and salads. Prolific too. I've dehydrated a lot to see us through the winter. As they're great for soup. Still got a few left on the mantepiece too.

We also grew a butternut sqaush plant and it clearly wasn't happy as it only produced the one orange sized fruit.

I love spaghetti squash but D isn't wildly keen.

The best squash that I've ever seen are ones grown on or near compost heaps. That goes for courgettes too.

Tue 27-Oct-09
8:10 pm

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Here in Latvia they grow squashes or pumpkins on the fresh manure heaps which really surprised me and they make piles of weeds and grow squashes directly into that. I think they have a habit of growing squashes on mounds because many places can get quite wet in a bad year so it is better for them to be up on a mound.

We regularly grow patty squashes too. Works well but this year they weren't so good but since we had more than enough courgettes we weren't too bothered.

Wed 28-Oct-09
6:52 am

JoannaS - what kinds of squash do they grow in Latvia?

Most areas seem to have their favourites although there are hundreds of varieties available of all sahpes, sizes and colours - this is what intrigues me

Came accross one in Bosnia about the size and shape of a medium pumpkin but with a brown skin.  It was quite sweet and chunks were served like desert, roast then spinkled with sugar and cinnamon - delicious!

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