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Driest, most string free squash

Posted by sndk 4 (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 3, 13 at 12:41

So I had a blue hubbard and didnt realize winter squash could be so good. It was relatively fresh so not very sweet, which is a plus for me. This got me experimenting with all the different types i could find to find something that perhaps is drier, and more potato like than the hubbard.

Does such a squash exist? Is this what cushaw is like? I saw a reference to kabocha being the driest string free fruit is this true?
Looking for shorter season <110 days
Dry flaky flesh once baked up
string free
a little sweetness as possible.


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RE: Driest, most string free squash

I've rather liked kabocha for a dry squash. It is rather dryer and denser in grain for the flesh than say an acorn squash.

Cushaw to my understanding and experience has a texture a bit more suited for pie making than mashed potato- it has a fine dense grain sort of like a step between kabocha and butternut. It's a bit less sweet than butternut IMO.
Banana squashes are good too.

When looking for seeds for dry fleshed squashes, note kinds that are are known for being long keepers. I've found in general the seriously long keeping squashes usually are the ones that are the best for potato substitutes.

RE: Driest, most string free squash

Concur: hubbard types, Buttercup types, kabocha types tend to be the driest and best keepers although many of the C. moschata will compete. If you want an acorn size with hubbard taste and keeping qualities try Gold Nugget. Butternut types are IMO the best sweet potato substitutes.As for stringiness, newer introductions tend to be less stringy than the antiques.

RE: Driest, most string free squash

I have not grown many varieties of squash, usually Kobacha or buttercup. Have lately grown Red Curry and found it to be very dry but tasty. Not stringy at all. Now one of my favorite to grow.

RE: Driest, most string free squash

All the above mentioned winter squash are the species Cucurbita maxima. They have the fat stem. The maximas are the dry string free species. The butternuts belong to species C. moschata. And the acorns, delicatas, jack-o-lanterns, zuchinis, and most summer squash belong to the species C. pepo. The pepos tend to be string and wetter. E.g. spaghetti squash is a C. pepo.

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