Winter Squash and Pumpkins
Or, more specifically, Waltham Butternut. This light-tan squash is easy to peel, which makes it great for recipes that use chunks, cubes or slices of winter squash. The yellow to orange flesh is rich and nutty.
The traditional yellow/tan spaghetti squash makes a quick pasta dinner without the pasta. The largest ones can feed a family of four!
This French heirloom squash is very unusual looking: salmon-peach colored skin, with peanut looking warts (some have more than others, caused by the sugar in the skin). It may look like a decorative squash, which it is, but it is very good to eat…so don’t let it go to waste. In France, the sweet orange flesh is used for soups and sauces, as it is very smooth. I have used it in pumpkin cheesecake, where it was delicious! These do tend to be large, ranging from 10 to 20, or a bit more, pounds.
If you like roasting pumpkin seeds, this Japanese pumpkin will be to your liking. Kakai Hulless is not grown for its flesh, but for its nutritious, hulless seeds and decorative value. Mine are ranging in size from 2 to 10 pounds.
Sweet Meat is an heirloom, hubbard type squash from the Pacific Northwest. It was bred by the Gill Brothers seed company, here in Portland. It has slate blue/grey skin, with thick, yellow/gold flesh, that is sweet and dry. It is excellent for pies and soups, but is also very good in any winter squash recipe or just plain eating. These store very well and can even improve with storage. They can be pretty big, ranging from 7 to 15 pounds.
Rogue vif d’Etampes
This French heirloom pumpkin, also known as a Cinderella pumpkin, has a striking red-orange color. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also good to eat. The deep orange flesh can be used in any winter squash/pumpkin recipe. The whole squash itself make a great soup tureen! These are large, ranging from 10 to 20 pounds.
Winter Luxury is an heirloom pie pumpkin that made its debut in 1893, and also has decorative value. It has sweet, smooth flesh, that is great for pie, cheesecake or soup. On the decorative side, its orange skin is covered with a silvery netting. This year, mine are ranging in size from 5 to 12+ pounds.