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Turban Squash

Turban Squash

Turban Squash
© Denzil Green

Turban Squash is better for use as an ornamental. It is edible, but the closest people come to suggesting it as a food item is as a soup tureen.

It actually looks like a big acorn, with its acorn cap at the stem end.

The squash weigh 5 to 10 pounds (2 1/4 to 4 1/2 kg) with bright-orange rind, with streaks of white and various shades of green in it.

Inside, it has bright orange flesh, which sadly doesn't have much flavour at all.

100 days from seed.

Storage Hints

Store uncut for up to 3 months in a cool place.

History Notes

Turban Squash possibly came over from France at the start of the 1800s (having first come to France from the New World previously, of course.)

In 1869, it was sold as "American Turban."

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Also called:

Turk's Turban Squash

Turban Squash

Ambercup Squash; Buttercup Squash; Turban Squash


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