Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Occasionally, when I'm in the garden center, I will buy a starter plant. It was tagged acorn squash. Now that the squash are growing, I believe it had an incorrect tag on it.
I'm hoping you will be able to tell me what I have growing in the garden.
Usually, I don't have the best of luck with squash. I always seem to loose the battle to squash bugs. But these vines have taken over one area of the garden.
The bloom has a ruffled edge...
And the bottom is shaped like this.
I couldn't resist cutting one, having no idea if it is ready to be eaten. The flesh inside is soft and moist with a nutty fragrance.
Do you know the name of this squash and how to prepare it?
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Great pictures but it don't look like a squash and I've no idea what it is. Have a great day.ReplyDelete
Hello Elna...thanks for looking in on my today's post.Delete
I don't know what kind of vegetable it is, Meggie, but I do know that your photographs are magnificent. If the number of flowers are anything to go by, it looks as though you will be having plenty of them, so I hope someone manages to come up with some answers for you!ReplyDelete
Hello Elaine....well, Susan is correct about the squash. I did a google search on Kabocha and found other photos that look exactly like mine. I checked on them today, and I think I shall have a "fine crop". Lots of roasted, soup, and pies made from them.Delete
Meggie, your plants looks beautiful and your photography, as usual is magnificent (thanks Elaine for that adjective!) I believe your squash is a Kabocha, which is a Japanese hybrid of the buttercup squash variety. You can cook it as you would any buttercup--baked, steamed, mashed,and even substitute it for sweet potatoes in recipes! It should have a sweet taste to it and it looks like you are going to have quite a few from all the blossoms...which are also edible. Can you say...Road Side Stand to sell of them--wish I did live closer, XOXOReplyDelete
Hi Susan....thanks so much for solving the mystery. I did a google search and found similar photos. There are so many wonderful recipes out there for roasting, soup, and pies. How did I get so lucky...you are right about the "Road Side Stand". I will be sharing these with family and friends. Wish you were closer...you would be on my list!Delete
Hope you find a lot of squash recipies becuase it looks like you will be swimming in them! Great garden!ReplyDelete
Well, Susan was correct about the mystery squash. There will be plenty for sharing!Delete
It looks like a monster of a plant - I think I'd be worried it might try and take over the world! Sounds tasty though.... mmmm soup...ReplyDelete
It is taking up a big space...it reminds me of the nursery rhyme "Jack and the Beanstalk".Delete
Ha, that doesn't look like any acorn squash I've ever seen! Interesting.ReplyDelete
Hello Lisa...Susan identified it as a Kabocha squash. It will be very tasty when it ripens.Delete
Hi, this is Eric's wife, and I just want to thank you for one of these squashes. It was delicious! And, I've saved a bunch of seeds from it to plant in our garden! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Hello....I'm so glad to hear you cooked it. When you plant the seeds next year, this is one plant that Eric can't over-water! It needs lots of space, sunshine, and plenty of waterReplyDelete