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Winter Squash Uchiki Kuri

Whilst the giant pumpkins and the large carving pumpkins have been going out for a few weeks now, today marked the first of the ‘eating’ pumpkins to be gathered.

Harvesting Uchiki Kuri winter squash
Harvesting Uchiki Kuri winter squash

Uchiki Kuri is actually a winter squash with a taste far superior to pumpkin. They are very early to mature and have superb storage characteristics.

With smooth butter coloured flesh and a hard bright sunset orange coloured rind has a pronounced, distinctive chestnut flavour.

Uchiki Kuri Squash is also known by a variety of names: commonly known as Potimarron or Onion Squash because of its shape, and is also known as Japanese squash, Orange Hokkaido or Red Kuri squash.

Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkins

galeux pumpkinWe have only got a few of these warty offerings for sale; I think they will appeal more to the pumpkin carvers who want to do something different but they are in fact one of the very best varieties for eating.

The salmon coloured skin develops peanut like nodes as the sugar content builds in the ripening process. The more bumps, the greater the sugar content and the sweeter the squash.

Galeux D’ Eysines squash has a sweet flavor, with a smooth velvety texture free from the fibrous strings predominant in many squash varieties. The bright orange flesh is nutty, sweet, firm making it perfect for pies, steaming, baking, roasting, soups and more.

Galeux d’Eysines are generally weigh in at between 5 and 10kg.

A Halloween lantern carved from a 'Galeux d’Eysines' Pumpkin
A Halloween lantern carved from a ‘Galeux d’Eysines’ Pumpkin