Monday, November 7, 2011

A squash per week

Squash is a super-food, packed with vitamins and 'good stuff' according to nutrition writers. I don't doubt this at all, but I don't think that one vegetable thrown into an unhealthy diet is going to save a person. Everyone should throw in handfuls, gobs, mounds and mountains of greens, reds, and oranges. That'll lead to profound changes.
As for us, we need to eat at least a squash a week if a have any hope of making it through our stores by the time spring is upon us. It is a good 'problem' to have. Last year we lost several to freezing temperatures. Without a cellar, it is a challenge to find storage. I will try to insulate them better this year.

Pictured is a sunshine kabocha. The meat is dry and sweet. They are supposed to be good keepers. I can tell you, so far, that they are good eaters. A simple steaming was all that was required for this one to be super tasty.

Also pictured is my other sunshine, in front of a mound of chard that is awaiting the wok.

This post was added to Daphne's Dandelions Harvest Monday entry. Go take a gander and see what's growing around the world.


  1. Although the sunshine kabocha is lovely...I like your other sunshine better!!!

  2. Awww.... I like the sunshine(s) today! :-D
    I enjoy a good winter squash but don't care much for summer squash so eating some each week might be redundant but easier!

  3. I am jealous of your abundance of winter squash - we had a pathetic winter squash season this year. Your helper is a cutey!

  4. He is the best. He doesn't care for the taste of squash, though :)

    Barbie - I'm not a summer squash fan and don't grow it any longer.

    Laura - Our squash haul is only as abundant as it was because of volume. We had terrible germination. A lot of fruit never set, probably more than 80% I'd say. It is interesting that you had a poor year. I was thinking germination. Do you think it was more the weather, perhaps lending itself to poor flower development?

  5. Yep, the kabocha squash is delicious.