Monday, September 13, 2010
If there is a color synonymous with fall, it has to be orange. Red-orange, is probably more definitive. Yesterday, we gathered a big haul of orange. It's called Potimarron, and Seed Savers Exchange describes it this way:
"Famous winter squash from France. The name is derived from potiron (pumpkin) and marron (chestnut). Very aromatic and chestnut-like in taste. One of our all time favorites for both baking and roasting. Nice-sized 3-4 pound fruits store well into the winter. White seeds."
This is truly a "honey" of a winter squash. I use it to make "pumpkin" pies, we bake it, we microwave it. It's an all-around winner. One of the many things I like about it is that it is generally speaking smallish. A great choice for two people. Some of them get a bit larger than we can handle in one meal, but they keep beautifully, even when sliced open. And talk about sweet! Oh, my! One could easily become a squash addict!
Another nice thing is you can save your seed to plant the following year, so long as you don't plant any other varieties (and that includes gourds!) That will keep you on the safe side of being able to replicate the variety.
It was a BIG haul yesterday, with a few more to come!