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Squash Green Hubbard

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

(Cucurbita maxima) Heirloom. Said to be the original Hubbard from which all other Hubbard’s have been selected. It should not be confused with the Green Warted Hubbard which was introduced 50 years later. This Hubbard is a staple in many households, and with is sweet flesh, and fine grain it really is one of the best varieties out there. Unfortunately the few offered in stored a hybrid variety designed to produce the maximum number of fruits, and has not capturer the true essence of the original Green Hubbard. The Hubbard is a very good keeper and can be stored for…

The health benefits of pumpkins

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 20/08/2018

20 August 2018 Tanya Malan Seeing that we are starting our HATCH-A-PUMPKIN-PATCH challenge (find the competition details on the Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Facebook page), I thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing benefits of pumpkins! Before we speak about the benefits of pumpkins, let's just take note that squash and pumpkin are part of the same family being the Cucurbitaceae Family and just on an interesting point, they are all actually considered fruit! Throughout history pumpkins has had many uses. Remember Jonah in the Bible? He sat under the shade of a gourd to relieve his sunstroke! In…

Recipe: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Jack-be-Little Pumpkins)

Relevance: 58%      Posted on: 28/10/2018

Ingredients • 2 Cups Heavy Cream • ¼ Cup Sugar (additional sugar will be needed for caramelizing) • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar • 8 Large Egg Yolks • 1 Cup Canned 100% Pure Pumpkin • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon Method: • Preheat oven to 180 deg. (Celsius) • Cut tops off each pumpkin and save for presentation. • Scrape out the seeds and fibres from pumpkins. • Place pumpkins on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes. • Remove from oven and let cool. • In saucepan, combine cream and sugars, stir…

It is the season!

Relevance: 41%      Posted on: 15/08/2019

Isn’t it amazing how time flies? Here we are in the second half of 2019, with winter nearing its end. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about spring and what you need to do to prepare your veggie garden for the new season. A good place to start would be to clear your beds, add compost and mulch and allow the soil to recuperate a bit. So the question becomes, what can we plant? Fortunately, the warmer seasons offer more possibilities! And why don’t you try varieties that you haven’t planted before? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Visit…

Squash Spaghetti

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 16/11/2018

Cucurbita pepo One of our most requested varieties. This squash is best cooked 'in the shell' and then scooped out onto a plate, using a fork to separate the flesh into fine spaghetti-like strands. This is a great, fun way to get fussy kids to eat their veggies. Add a dollop of butter and some salt and you have a great low carb alternative to spaghetti. Approx. 10 seeds

Squash Hokkaido

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 10/09/2019

Cucurbita maxima This is the quintessential Japanese squash, very rich in flavour and the skins can be eaten with the flesh until the stem dries. A tear-drop shaped squash variety which has a red-orange skin and a delicious chestnut-like flavoured orange flesh. This variety is a prolific producers of 20-40cm squashes that store well. The shells are also used to serve soups or dishes in. Ready to harvest in 90 days. Standard Packet : Approx. 10 seeds Petite Packet: 3 seeds

Squash Barbara (Butternut)

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

Cucurbita moschata Now here is an interesting butternut variety. Best picked and eaten while still mottled green. If left to mature will develop a classic butternut colouring and store well. Has a high flesh ratio with a small seed cavity. A vining plant so it will need some space or can be trellised. Approx. 10 seeds

Squash Caserta Marrow

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

(Cucurbita pepo) Caserta Marrows are a highly productive marrow. Tasty eaten young even before the flower has opened, if left for just a few days longer the taste expands. These marrows grow so fast you could almost grow a traditional weapon in a week. We much prefer them about 30-40 cm long, hollowed out, stuffed with spinach and feta or mince and baked. Approx. 10 seeds

Squash Cocozelle Zucchini

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

(Cucurbita pepo) Oh these are just super! Lovely quick producing bush type zucchini plants that bear prolifically. Nice contrasting dark green fruits with light green / yellow stripes make for great eye appeal on your plate. Approx. 10 seeds

Squash Golden Hubbard

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

(Cucurbita maxima) Yes, there was a Mrs Hubbard, and the Hubbard squashes are named after her. Originally there was only the green version, however over the years a number of colour variants have come to light. The Golden Hubbard is a sweet fleshed squash that if picked young can be eaten skin and all. It does well in short-term storage (2-3 months) Expect 3-5 fruits per plant. Starts setting fruit at about 1-1.5 meters from the crown. The plant is not as rampant as other pumpkin varieties. Pick out the growing points after 2 fruits have set per vine. Approx.…