Kuri Squash at Vital Zuman!

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Have you heard of a Kuri Squash??

Here are some interesting facts about this TASTY Nutty Squash!

Seasons/Availability
Hard Kuri Squash is available September to December.

Description/Taste
A bright, red-orange hybrid with light, orange-to-yellow and sometimes-greenish highlights, hard Kuri squash produces a dry meaty flesh. Weighing four to seven pounds, its rich flesh offers a sweet, nutty flavor that is reminiscent to that of chestnuts.

Nutritional Value
All squashes provide vitamin A and vitamin C, some of the B vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and are a good source of fiber.

Applications
Full-flavored and sweet, kuri squash is a versatile ingredient for a variety of soups, stews and casseroles. Its seed cavity is ideal for stuffing. To store, keep in a cool dry place. Once cut, wrap in plastic; refrigerate up to five days.

Geography/History
A select Japanese winter variety and also known as uchiki kuri squash, red kuri squash is a native of Japan. This squash has also been called baby red Hubbard and is of the genus Curcurbita maxima. Loving full sun and drought tolerant, each vine produces multiple teardrop-shaped fruits, usually three, about ninety days after blooming.

Kuri Squash (can substitute other winter squash) Recipe:

Roasted winter squash with feta cheese

This is a super-easy and fast vegetarian one-dish meal. The feta does not really melt, it just sort of relaxes, and the saltiness of it contrasts perfectly with the sweet squash.

  • About 4 cups of cut-up squash, peeled if from a tough-skin kind
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup (or more, to taste) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C.

Peel and very roughly chop the garlic.

Toss together all the ingredients except for the cheese in a bowl until all is coated with the oil and the seasonings. Spread in one layer on a baking sheet. Bake, covered with foil, for about 30 minutes.

Remove the foil and sprinkle the feta cheese on top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the squash is tender (poke with knife) and the top is a tiny bit browned. (The feta will not change color much.) Serve immediately.

Buy Your Kuri Squash TODAY at Vital Zuman!! Yummmy!!!

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