Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kuri Squash

Kuri squash really is a blessing to homesteaders: it is versatile in the ways in which you can prepare it to eat, it is relatively easy to grow {even in smaller gardens}, and it stores quite well.

It is an heirloom winter squash from Japan and can be grown probably in any temperate climate. Just like pretty much any squash, it likes soil that is well-drained and high in organic matter. A safe pH range is anywhere from about 6.0 to 7.0, although I have seen people mention that it can do ok anywhere from 5.5 to 7.5. It can tolerate partial shade (!!!) and takes about 95 to 115 days until it is ready for harvest. Imagine how beautiful this squash would look in a Three Sisters garden, with heirloom corn and beans! *swoon*

My favourite ways to eat kuri squash is in pies {can replace pumpkin in pumpkin pie recipes}, muffins, and soups. I have linked to a few nifty recipes below, so check them out and give them a try, and make sure to put kuri squash on your wishlist for next year's garden!



Baked Kuri Squash & Apple Maple Pudding

Baked Kuri Squash {can be used as a pie filling}

Curry-Kuri Squash Soup

Kuri Squash Soup with Cranberry Compote

Kuri Squash Pasta Sauce

Veggie Quinoa Bake with Kuri Squash

Kuri Squash Gratin

Spiced Kuri Squash & Chicken Stew

Braised Short Ribs & Kuri Squash Orzo

Kuri Squash Lobster Bisque

Roasted Kuri Squash Seeds

Kuri Squash Stuffed with Shiitakes and Almonds


Anonymous said...

Oh thank you for these!


Medusae said...

OMG those recipes look so good!!! I had no idea about the Kuri! thanks! :D

nefaeria said...

You are both welcome! :)

And Medusae, perhaps you would like to try it in your garden next does well in our area! If interested, let me know and I will send you some of the seeds that I collected. ;)

perma_culture said...

MMMM those are some great recipes thanks =^)

nefaeria said...

You are welcome Permie! :) Have you had a stab at growing kuri squash yet?

Bek said...

Mmm, roasted seeds are so good - and so plentiful in squash too!

nefaeria said...

Indeed! :D