Futtsu Black Early Winter Squash

100 days. Cucurbita moschata. A stunning heirloom grown for hundreds of years in Japan, Black Futtsu fruits are petite at about 3 pounds, growing on vigorous vines. Blocky, deeply ribbed and extremely bumpy, for most of the season they are a gorgeous dark green to charcoal black, but in fall they mature to a gray-bloomed dusty orange in a fascinating metamorphosis. Harvest in the midst of their transformation for funky fall displays or wait for them to ripen completely for maximum flavor, which is nutty and sweet with hints of chestnut. The thin skin is edible, so no need to peel before slicing it into thin golden-yellow-fleshed wedges and roasting until caramelized and crispy-sweet. Highly decorative, Black Futtsu keeps for months on end. (OP.)

One packet of about 40 seeds
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