Organic Squash: Musquee de Provence. Cucurbita moschata.
A traditional variety bred in southern France. Gorgeous big cushion shaped squashes of between 5 – 15 kgs. Allow them time to ripen fully and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious squash. Ths skin is greeny/yellow with dark orange flesh. Stores well.
How to grow:
Sow seeds in pots on heat in April. Grow on till there are three true leaves then plant out in the ground when there’s no chance of a frost. Covering with fleece offers some protection if you get caught out. Plant 80cms apart and keep well fed and watered, preferably from below. This variety grows vigorously and can have a climbing habit. Development time 125 days.
Keep slugs off when young. Can get mildew on the leaves, planting in full sun helps this, remove any badly affected leaves.
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. Can make sweet pumpkin pie or my favourite pumpkin crumble.
This creeping vine in the cucurbitaceae family originates from India, cultivated for 1,000’s of years.
Avg contents: 10 seeds.