Winter Squash, Potimarron (Organic)
Cucurbita maxima. 85 days.
A medium sized, 3-6 lb, red kuri type squash. Fruit is pear shaped, with red-orange skin and bright orange flesh. Flavor is excellent and rich. Not as sweet as Blue Kuri, however it is more appropriate for soups and savory dishes (curry!). The flesh is so orange it makes a near safety orange pumpkin pie! According to The Seeds of Kokopelli, Potimarron squash is said to have been, “introduced to France from Japan in the 1970s by the master of the macrobiotic food system, Mr. Oshawa.” The name is from a combination of the French words for pumpkin and chestnut, as the flavor is said to be reminiscent of chestnuts. In Japanese, the word kuri can refer to chestnuts or to this type of squash. Aka, Courge Châtaigne.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6′ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from frost and insects.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.