Squash, Red Kuri (Cucurbita maxima), packet of 10 Seeds, Organic

$2.95

Annual.  100 days to maturity

(Japanese Red Kuri Squash, Hokkaido Squash, Baby Red Hubbard, Uchiki Kuri)

Native to Mesoamarica and grown worldwide.  We found this squash to be gratifyingly vigorous and pest resistant, and it gave more food value per square foot than just about anything else we grew in the garden. The flea beetles did go after the seedlings right when the ground warmed up in the early summer, but we spread some neem seed meal around the plants and on the young leaves and this saved them.  I think some of the seedlings would have made it through without treatment, but I was already salivating, so didn’t push my luck.  The plants doubled in size every day or two.  It was amazing to watch them grow.  Good compost, I guess (thanks to Kalesh).  Each vine bore 3 (more or less) bright globular fruits, and since we saved three plants per hill, that gave 9 squashes per hill, which was a lot.  But it was not too many–we ate them all!  This is our favorite squash.  We like to split it, scoop out the insides (which is really easy to do, given the shape) and bake the halves in the oven until done.  As the squash cooks, it creates its own sugary glaze.  We find it unnecessary to augment the natural nuttiness and sweetness with any oily or sugary additive.  We like to eat these as they are, but we also like to make them into pumpkin pies.  We think they make the best of all pumpkin pies, not only because they are particularly tasty, but because the flesh is dry, meaty, and stringless, and reconstitutes admirably well inside a pie shell. (Too much water in squash used to make pumpkin pies is a real no no.)  Standard vegetable culture.  Prepare a rich hill and direct seed 5 seeds per hill, then thin to the best 3 seedlings.  Allow the plants to sprangle.  Give them plenty of room–they will extend at least 5 feet in every direction, unless you train them to do otherwise, which by the way can be done.  Water deeply twice a week.  We found that our’s were harvestable before frost and didn’t need to be stored to develop sugar.  But the standard method with squash is to harvest after the first light frost, wash with cold water and sun dry, then put into cool, dry storage.  Another option is to go into a baking frenzy and bake the fruits and then smash the clean flesh into freezer containers and freeze for later use.  We like to freeze them in 3 cup baggies, just enough to make 2 pumpkin pies, or augment a winter dinner.

10 seeds/pkt,  Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Mike Monaghan

    Richo Could i place these in a 10 gallon or 5 gallon bucket and train them on a trellis in a arch shape? And how can i do that?
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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mike, I do find squashes in general to be easy to train. I often train them away from other plants I don’t want covered with squash vines. Red Kuri doesn’t usually go on a trellis because it makes very heavy fruit, but it would be possible to train the leaders just about any direction you want. Better to do this a bit gradually than all at once, if that makes any sense.
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    • Mike Monaghan

      Hi Richo
      Thanks for the advice. Wondering being in Seattle area what date would you recommend to direct seed these Red Kuri?
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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mike, I hope you already got the seeds because we’re sold out on these right now. We’ve been substituting with Blue Hubbard which is a much larger squash although closely related. Anyhow in Seattle I’d plant them June 1.
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