Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe
To quote Carol, “Squash in the supermarkets, and even those in the farmer’s markets are often not of the best varieties. However, even the good early varieties are picked immature. Then they are sold uncured. Cucurbita maxima (the most common “winter squash”) varieties should have a full month of curing before going to market. Farmers are not set up to do that, and customers don’t know that they should, and it isn’t worth the effort anyway if the squash isn’t full grown. If we want prime winter squash, we must select premier gourmet varieties, then grow and cure them ourselves.”
Should the time come when eating or not eating, thriving or not surviving depends on what you and those around you grow, you need to know what Carol Deppe can teach you. Not only is her depth of knowledge about squash amazing, but she is downright enthusiastic about this oft maligned “vegetable” (botanically they are actually a fruit). If you learn to grow, harvest and prepare squash varieties the way Carol does, you will see why she is so dedicated to this vital staple, both for now and in the future when we must grow our own food in order to eat.
Squash – A Tasty Staple for All Seasons, and Hard Times
Originally broadcast November 1, 2011
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