Squash focusing on fantastic seasonal produce

Squash focusing on fantastic seasonal produce

Squash, although commonly identified as a vegetable, from a botanical standpoint are considered fruits as they contain the seeds of the plant. Believed to of originated in Mexico and Central America where it is believed they were eaten over 7,500 years ago; many varieties of squash as well as beans and corn were shared by American Indians with European settlers who then took the seeds back to their countries. Today, due to their wide popularity pumpkins and squash are grown all over the world. Despite their name, winter squash are a warm weather squash. The name ‘winter squash’ comes from the ability to be stored throughout the winter and stored unrefrigerated in a cool, dark place for a month or more depending on variety. Squash that are heavy for their size with a hard, deep-coloured, blemish-free skin are the best quality. When cooking, the skin is inedible so must be peeled before cooking or the flesh should be scooped out after cooking. All winter squash are very versatile and can be steamed, boiled, braised, roasted, simmered or microwaved. Winter Squash There are 4 species of winter squash all of which have pumpkin varieties in each.  These are Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita maxima, Curbita pepo and Cucurbita moschata with varieties including: Butternut- One of the most common, the Butternut is also known as butternut pumpkin in Australia and New Zealand, this variety is associated with pumpkin as it has the same taste and flesh colour. With a sweet taste, the interior is orange and the outer skin is yellow and rough. The most renowned type is the Waltham Butternut. Hubbard- A...
Winter Crops from Canara Farm

Winter Crops from Canara Farm

Winter Crops Update. The winter crops plan that Pete has produced for Canara Farm is producing some positive results at this point. Many chef’s throughout Cornwall and Devon are already using the fantastic rainbow chard, that has been available since October. We are very excited to share some pictures of the other winter crops that will be available from December on wards. Emerald Ice Kale – One of the best quality kales available. The Emerald Ice Kale has a stunning colour contrast with a distinct white centre. These winter crops maintain their crispness and have a sweet flavour. Midnight Sun Kale – This Kale has a very striking appearance with a vibrant pink vein running through the leaves. We hope these two kales will help add some stunning colour combinations to your dishes. Rainbow Carrots  – Over the last few years bunches of Rainbow Carrots from Canara Farm have been incredibly popular and we look forward to our first harvest of them. Other Winter Crops. Last week we were pleased to introduce the fantastic Kalettes from Padstow Garden Kitchen, but what other winter crops can you look forward to over the coming months. We have seen the arrival of Cornish Purple sprouting today and are confident that this will be a feature on seasonal menus. We also have fantastic Cornish Romanesque Cauliflowers available alongside good quality local cauliflowers. Previous years we have seen Cornish Kiwis arrive in the depot during December and January, although we can’t guarantee these we hope to have them. Late December early January should hopefully see the arrival of some popular citrus varieties the Seville...