Squash season

3 Oct

I have been picking the butternut squashes in the garden before the worst of the autumn weather starts. These were a bit late, but, as many things do in the garden, they grew very big. Now butternuts are pear shaped, with the top part narrower than the bottom bulgy part which contains the seeds. A normal squash in the shop is about 3-400g in weight, somewhat under a pound. The lightest one I have picked so far weighs 850g, about 2 lbs. Below are a couple of photos of that squash and of the largest one.

The big one is wider at the top than the base and weighs just short of 2.7 kg, over 6 lbs. That is going to be a lot of squash for the two of us. But, with a bit of luck, there will be many more than two of us at Christmas. Squashes store very well and three months is no problem.

I suppose I’d better say how I cook the thing. The answer is in one of several ways. It makes excellent soup, but my favourite is roasted in a little olive oil with some rosemary and thyme from the garden. Mixed with other root veg they work excellently. My mouth is watering at the thought of it now.


One Response to “Squash season”

  1. Patricia Awapara October 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Love Squash! That one is huge!

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