Happy Wednesday! We’re having quite a busy week on the farm and greenhouse. We had some emergency maintenance due to a recent wind storm, but we’re slowly but surely getting through it.
For this week’s winter squash blog I would like to talk about the Speckled Hound Squash.
As you can see from the photos above, they’re quite colorful. Each squash plant produces two to three fruits that are block to round in shape with unique pink-orange coloration that features blue-green speckles. Just like some dog breeds, no two fruits have the exact same pattern. These beautiful winter squash mature 100 days after seeding and have intermediate resistance to powdery mildew.
As an ornamental, they’re nothing short of gorgeous. But, their interior has a yellow-orange flesh that is edible. This meant I just had to try roasting one.
Being slightly larger, I cut the squash like you would a cantaloupe or cheese wheel. The inside was a vibrant orange color and smelled very sweet. It smelled like a buttercup squash or honeynut squash. It was also easy to cut and remove the seeds.
When the squash was roasting it had a pleasant aroma and made the house smell warm and inviting. After I removed the squash from the oven and let it cool it was easy to remove the flesh from the skin. It also mashed up well and was easy to mix and work with. I turned my squash into “pumpkin butter” or rather “winter squash butter” to use on top of toast, waffles, and pancakes.
The Speckled Hound is very sweet. It isn’t as “squashy” as “Troll”, butternut squash, or even Hubbard squash types. It tastes more like a true pumpkin, buttercup squash, or honeynut squash. That said, it is still a squash and does taste like one – albeit a sweet one. Also, despite its small size – 4 to 6 lbs – you get a good amount of flesh to work with. This would be an ideal squash for making squash soup, mashed squash in lieu of potatoes, adding to quiche, or making butter with like I did. It would also be delicious baked into a cake, bread, or cookies due to its smooth texture and orange color. If you’re looking for a squash variety that tastes both “squashy” and sweet I highly recommend trying the Speckled Hound.
However, they are wonderful just as they are for fall and harvest decorating. I can completely understand someone not wanting to cut the squash up after Halloween or Thanksgiving. They are so unique in coloration. Personally, I was glad that I tired the Speckled Hound Squash, but think that I will decorate with them in the future because they are just so beautiful as a fall ornamental. Photos of my decorations with them from previous years are below.
And there you have it. The Speckled Hound Squash. More information on this variety can be found at the following link: https://www.harrisseeds.com/products/11772-squash-speckled-hound-f1?variant=276775469073
Until next blog, stay #cucurbitcrazy !