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Sweet Winter Squash - Excellent Raw
Posted by: brome ()
Date: October 13, 2009 06:08PM

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Re: Sweet Winter Squash - Excellent Raw
Posted by: brome ()
Date: October 13, 2009 06:27PM

Here's some intriguing squash I found on the internet:

Banana Squash - [C. maxima]
Banana Squash Growing to about 30 pounds this is one of the largest squash so it's generally sold cut into pieces. The photo specimen was probably over 18 inches long and probably weighed around 16 pounds. As the name suggests it's a long narrow squash but is more likely pink, gray or even dark gray rather than yellow. The flesh of this squash is pleasant, sweet and actually quite tasty raw so don't overcook it.

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Long before Columbus "discovered" the New World, native peoples were growing and eating corn, beans and squash. The word squash comes from a Native American word meaning "food eaten raw."

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Melonette de Jaspée C. pepo New for 2009
(Melonette Jaspée de Vendée)

French variety with golden, melon-like fruits and an amazingly tender flesh and sweet flavor. Can be eaten raw like a melon. Can be used cooked (soups, baking, etc.) or raw (chopped, grated, etc.). Semi creeping, compact plants. Good conservation. About 95 days.
Sorry, limited stock (only 5 seeds per packet).
Packet of 5 seeds: $2,99

[solanaseeds.netfirms.com]

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Sweet Dumpling: a round, white squash with green marking. Its orange flesh is thin, firm, sweet and nutty-tasting. It can be eaten raw, grated with vinaigrette, cooked and puréed, or used to make soups, cakes, pies and even jams!

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Squash seeds : Winter : Jaspee de Vendee
Vegetable

* Ideal for: Children

Description

T&M believe this is the sweetest winter squash/pumpkin variety available. The flesh is so delicately sweet it can be eaten raw like a melon. Bush habit plants each produce several fruits up to 2kgs (4.4lb) in weight from late summer till frosts. Fruits store very well, Excellent also in flans, cakes, jams, soups and purees.
Sowing Instructions
Sowing time: April to May.

Germinate in 7.5cm (3in) pots at 20-30C (68-86F) on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a layer of compost or vermiculite, 1cm (½in.) deep. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 5-10 days.

Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed. Sow 2 seeds every 60cm (24in) and thin out to the best seedling.
Growing Instructions

Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 75cm (30in) apart.
Aftercare Instructions

Prefers well drained, moist, rich soil in full sun. Also grows well in cooler climates.

[www.tmseeds.com]

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Tahitian Butternut Squash
110 days. Cucurbita pepo. Plant
produces good yields of large
butternut type squash with long
neck. The squash has golden -
orange flesh that gets sweeter
during storage. It is delicious raw
or baked. Excellent for home
gardens and market growers. A
winter squash variety. pk/10

[www.reimerseeds.com]

[www.tradewindsfruit.com]

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Ukrainian Winter Squash:

A pumpkin-like squash that is large and round, easily growing to a size of 15 to 25 pounds at maturity. With a flat-ribbed outer skin that turns orange or bluish-green when ripe, this squash has bright orange meat that is smooth and densely textured. Inside the squash there are numerous large seeds that can be roasted and eaten for a snack. An uncommon variety, the Ukrainian winter squash could be considered to be a sweet meat squash as one that can be eaten raw or shredded raw to be made into slaw salads. When cooked, it has a sweet nutty flavor that goes well with a variety of main dish.

[www.recipetips.com]

When I was at Optimum Health Institute in San Diego they served a very delicious winter squash named Tahini, I believe.

Edit: A search of this site: Tom Billings - "Webmasters Note: Re: Tahitian Melon Squash is an excellent squash to eat raw, to me it tastes sweet like cantaloupe. Although this squash is quite rare and hard to find. I purchased mine at a local farmers market."

[www.sandhillpreservation.com]

Edit2:
#4130 Triamble Squash: 110-120 days
AKA Shamrock or Triangle, this Australian beauty is shamrock-shaped with deep lobes and a very hard, shiny bluish-green skin. Weighing in up to 10 pounds, flavorful Triamble’s deep orange flesh is thick, succulent and sweet with little or no seed cavity. Normally difficult seed to find, versatile Triamble is perfect for all of your special winter squash recipes, and may even be eaten raw! Lucky for all of us, it stores extremely well and may be savored all winter long. (OP.)

Packet of 20 Seeds / $3.55

[www.kitchengardenseeds.com]

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Squash : Winter : Jaspee de Vendee
Vegetable.

Semi-trailing. T&M believe Squash Jaspee de Vendee is the sweetest winter squash/pumpkin variety available. The flesh is so delicately sweet it can be eaten raw like a melon. The semi-trailing plants of Squash Jaspee de Vendee each produce several fruits up to 2kgs (4.4lb) in weight from late summer till frosts. Fruits store very well.
Description Price
1 packet (6 seeds) £2.29

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Squash : Winter : Sunshine F1
Vegetable.

All America Selection Winner.

Trailing. Squash Sunshine is an aptly named 'Kabocha' type Squash with unique and attractive bright reddishorange skin with thick, bright orange flesh. Squash Sunshine produces fruits about 1.5kg (3lb) in weight, have a sweet, nutty taste when eaten raw, baked or steamed.
Description Price
1 packet (7 seeds) £2.49


[www.tandmworldwide.com]

[74.125.155.132]

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Re: Sweet Winter Squash - Excellent Raw
Posted by: loeve ()
Date: December 27, 2009 03:00PM

Brome,

The Tahitian butternut squash sounds so good "getting sweeter with storage". That's what I like, the long keepers, but am almost through my Waltham butternuts and hubbards so will have to grow more next year. It's surprising how well they juice and how good the raw seeds and flesh can be.

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Re: Sweet Winter Squash - Excellent Raw
Posted by: brome ()
Date: February 12, 2010 07:20AM

Here's a link about some interesting melons and squash:

[www.loghouseplants.com]

Winter Melon:

‘Collective Farm Women’ - 80-85 days - This Ukrainian heirloom yields smooth, round 7 to 10 inch fruits, with pale yellow flesh that is sweet, crunchy and very fragrant. This early variety is a good choice for northern growers.

[www.loghouseplants.com]

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