Tag: winter squash

Candy Roaster Squash: Sweet to Eat and Easy to Grow

Candy Roaster Squash: Sweet to Eat and Easy to Grow

Seed catalogs are my salvation this time of year. Poring over the photographs of glossy gold pumpkin varieties can often distract me from the reality outside my window: gray skies and wet fields. Last year, I found some winter sunshine in a squash named Candy […]

Iran Pumpkin: The Oldest Pumpkin on the Farm

Iran Pumpkin: The Oldest Pumpkin on the Farm

Pumpkins are my favorite field crop to grow; the vines and tendrils twist in artistic revelry; the leaves unfurl like giant sunbrellas, the blossoms are unapologetic showstoppers, and the fruit, well, the fruit is nothing less than a richly patinaed living sculpture. Oh yes, and […]

Saving Pumpkins: How to Store Winter Squash

Saving Pumpkins: How to Store Winter Squash

Here’s to a long (shelf) life Fresh food storage is a tricky business; what’s good for the potato and parsnip gets a pshaw from the pumpkin and pepper. And while I know better, for some odd reason (like expediency, or distraction by something shiny),  I […]

My Favorite Pumpkins on Parade, Warts and All

My Favorite Pumpkins on Parade, Warts and All

Here’s a list and some photos of my favorite pumpkins and winter squash. Give them some room, water and ample composted manure and the vines will reward you with the goods to make soup, pies, gratins, and side dishes all winter long. Galeux d’Eysines pumpkin, […]

Sweet Meat Squash: Stores Well, Tastes Great

Sweet Meat Squash: Stores Well, Tastes Great

If I only had one culinary pumpkin or winter squash to grow,  Sweet Meat would be it. For some varieties, beauty is only skin deep. Their color, size and weight may impress, but the flavor falls short. Sweet Meat not only has a creamy dense texture, but its flavor is […]