OH This is a favourite pumpkin of mine since my growing days in the USA. I am pleased to be able to offer it in our collection after a fellow seed grower, Rob Hammington, sent us the seed last spring. Unfortunately, he did mention it may be crossed, and we noticed in growing it out that indeed some other C. maxima pollen had reached this line as there was a small percentage of fruit displaying non Red Kuri characteristics. We will continue to grow this line and select for true to type fruit. But from what we are learning about landrace varieties, a small amount of crossing may not be all that bad, and actually improve the strength and vigor of the line. This variety has been cultivated in Japan for some time and the word kuri is also used to refer to chestnuts. A pumpkin of many names it is also called Japanese squash, Orange Hokkaido squash, Baby Red Hubbard squash, Uchiki Kuri squash" or in France it is called Potimarron derived from the French: potiron (pumpkin) and marron (chestnut). In the United Kingdom, it is commonly called Onion squash. As the name suggests in both Japanese and French, the flavour is delicate and similar to chestnuts. Great for roasting, soups and adding to your favourite pumpkin dish. Bright orange flesh and almost red skin in a reverse teardrop shape of average size, a beautiful pumpkin that is convenient to cook for one meal without a lot of left overs to store. An early variety, that stores well for up to 3 months.
Sow into trays in early September as this a long season pumpkin. Prick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant into fertile soil at 50cm diagonal spacing when chance of frost has passed.