I’ve just finished reading an article in The Telegraph entitled ‘Pumpkin Fever: celebrate winter squash’ written by Val Bourne. Essentially an instructional piece, describing different types of squash and how one might go about cultivating them, capped off with a ‘reader offer’ to buy some seeds.
Whilst I enjoyed the article, the introdution came as a bit of a surprise.
‘Although leeks and parsnips are widely cultivated by gardener cooks, the wonderful winter squash is often shunned. Perhaps it is confused with the tasteless marrow (which I refuse to eat), or perhaps it is thought difficult to grow.’
Now I must confess my own squash growing abilities leave a bit to be desired, six Butternuts this year sums it up, but as a participant in a couple of gardening forums I have been drooling over pictures of different varieties posted by other members for several weeks now. Certainly on our allotment site they are grown routinely by fellow plot holders.
So ‘shunned’ is not really a word I would have associated with this vegetable at all.
Let me know what you think in the comments. If you would like to read the original article the link to it is here.