Uchiki Kuri

Uchiki Kuri

Last year on the allotment I planted two types of winter squash.  (As far as I can tell summer squash are soft skinned things like courgettes and patty-pan squash, winter squash are hard skinned like pumpkins, butternuts etc.)   The first was Uchiki Kuri, a red onion squash also known as pottimarron in French as they have a taste reminiscent of sweet chestnuts.  The second was Turk’s turban.  I had a good crop of both and both were good keepers so we were able to enjoy them right through the winter.  In fact I used the last of them at about the same time as I planted out the seedlings this year.

Turk's Turban

Turk’s Turban

I had a few of each type of seed left, and I also saved seed from one of the Uchiki Kuri and sowed a couple of those.  The plants grew well.  There were lots of flowers and some fruits started to develop.  I could see plenty of the Turk’s turban coming along.  I was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be so many Uchiki Kuri.

One day I went hunting among the mass of leaves to see if there were any more.  That’s when I saw The Thing.  Deep in the bed, hidden by some rampant tomato plants, loomed a massive pale presence.   Like a nocturnal-eyed Gollum it seemed to wink with menace.  Blight took the tomatoes and I cleared them out, revealing its flesh coloured almost buttock-like dome.



Finally I have plucked up the courage to get in there and harvest some of the squash.  I’m guessing that one of my own seed turned out to be a hybrid between the two types from last year.  I, or at least the bees, have created a monster.  There was only the one.  The plant seems to have put all its energies into producing it.  I think we should probably save it for our Halloween supper.   Spooky!


Frankensquash with its mother on the left and (presumed) father on the right.

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3 Responses to Franken-squash

  1. Julie Willard mixed media artist says:

    Love the frankinsquash. Roughly how big, weight was it?

    • Mike Evans says:

      It weighs 4.4Kg which is nearly 10 lbs. It’s 23cm, or about 9 inches in diameter. I’m wondering if I should plant seeds from it next year, but of course as it grew amongst other plants I don’t know what the father (pollen parent) of any offspring will be.

  2. Pingback: Return of Franken-squash | Mike's Pad

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