Here is the Red Kuri Squash, Cucurbita maxima. It is also known as the Hokkaido pumpkin. Red Kuri squash is a teardrop-shaped winter squash with a distinctive orange skin. Its shape is similar to a Hubbard squash, but much more manageable in size. Its skin is hard but thin, and is edible once cooked. Red Kuri has creamy yellow flesh, with a smooth texture and taste similar to cooked chestnuts. The fruits get to around 3 to 4 Lbs and is best harvested young before the Skins harden and seeds enlarge as the squash matures. Red Kuri squash are difficult to peel, so they are almost always cooked with their skin on. Plants or vines get to around 10 feet long and need space to spread out. Open pollinated 77 to 91 days.
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