Organic Squash: Fictor. Cucurbita maxima.
Dark orange/red winter squash with attractive, uniform fruits. ‘Fictor’ is a trailing ‘family intercross’ (FIC; crossing result between two genera of different families) which is very much appreciated because of the size of its fruits, beautiful colour and good, uniform shelf life. Sourced from De Bolster Organics.
How to grow:
Sow seeds in pots on heat in April/May. Grow on till there are three true leaves then plant out in the ground when there’s no chance of a frost in June. Covering with fleece offers some protection if you get caught out. Plant at least 60cms apart and keep well watered, preferably from below. Harvest September and October. Shelf life of 4 – 5 months.
Keep slugs off when young.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Versitile in the kitchen, can be added to soups, stews and great in peanut butter curry. You can bake wedges in the oven – drizzle with oil and season. Hollow out, stuff with lots of veggie delights and bake.
This creeping vine in the cucurbitaceae family originates from India, cultivated for 1,000’s of years.
Avg contents: 10 seeds.