Tuesday, October 13, 2015

All About Winter Squash From UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter

A Laurelhurst Blog reader sent in this information from the UW Botanic Gardens newsletter which profiles a new plant every month and this one is on winter squash:

October Plant Profile: Cucurbita maxima
Beautiful, packed with calories and vitamins, and easily stored for up to several months, winter squash is one of the most rewarding crops for vegetable gardeners to grow. One of our favorite squash varieties grown at the UW Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture is Confection Squash. Similar to Crown Prince, popular in England, New Zealand, and Australia, Confection is a beautiful blue-grey, squat kabocha-type squash most notable for its incredible flavor, rich sweetness and texture, and edible skin. Learn more.
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
species: C. maxima
Common Name: Confection Squash
Location: UW Student farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture

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