|Trombetta di Albegna from Renee's Seeds|
The four kinds of winter squash are: curbita pepo such as spaghetti and acorn squashes, curcurbita moschata such as calabaza,and cushaw (the ones I have mostly grown), curcurbita mixta such as butternut and curcurbita maxima such as hubbard, turban and banana. There are pumpkin-types in all four species.
Every summer when I'm out in the sun hand-picking squash bugs and their eggs and nymphs, I promise myself (muttering out loud on most days) that I will not plant squash again the following year.
But by the next spring, all of those promises fall by the wayside out of excitement for the delicious meals that both summer and winter squash represent.
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Turks Turban is also called Aladdin's Turban, Mexican Hat and Turk's Cap Gourd. Here's what
St. Clare's Heirloom Seeds has to say about it.
"80-125 days. Highly decorative and colorful buttercup type squash, this heirloom dates back to pre1800. This variety has been gaining popularity for it's decorative qualities. The Turk's Turban Squash/Gourd is orange and red and white on green, with a distinctive cap or turban on top. The fruits grow to about 8-12" in diameter, and weigh 5-10 lbs. Keeps well if not bruised during harvest and storage. They are fair eating quality. Can be baked plain or stuffed. Very popular at roadside vegetable stands."
That Turban sat in the kitchen all winter and held its shape and color. A couple of weeks ago we took out the seeds, not knowing whether or not the experiment was even a waste of 50-cents. There were so many seeds that we couldn't plant more than a third of them and put the rest into the worm bin with the squash meat.
|Turban squash seedlings have 8-inch long roots and are ready to go into the ground.|
The Library of Congress has an educational page on squash that's a fun read at http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/squash.html.
LOC says that curcurbita maxima has round thick stems, curcurbita moschata has round stems, and, curcurbita pepo has pentagonal prickly stems. Who knew?
Here's a clever idea from Veg Box Recipes - bake the Turban as a bowl.
4.Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil for 5 minutes. Then mix in the cream, sage and breadcrumbs.