I made two squash related mistakes this year. I only planted them about 18 inches apart, and I forgot to label them. The results of these decisions led to a glut of summer squash as I thinned what I now assume were the smaller, slower growing winter squash plants.
Some winter squash did survive the thinning process and there are several nice squash on the vine ripening up right now. Calvin (my 2 year old) proudly brought this one to our back door one day, loudly declaring “I PICKED A SQUASH!”. And so he had. It was about softball sized but very delicious.
I have eaten acorn squash before – it’s the only kind I can ever remember my mom buying – but I never really noticed how good it tastes! After a summer full of zucchini and yellow squash this acorn squash has a nutty depth and hearty flavor I never noticed before! This realization has me very excited to try other winter squash…now if I can just convince my wife to like them this much.
I like zucchini and summer squash, but next year I’m going to dedicate more space to winter squash.
I love jalapenos. I’ll eat them on pizza, on sandwiches or direct from the plant. I’ll eat other hot peppers, but it’s the sweet fire flavor of the jalapeno that I love.
I recently ran out of home made dried pepper flakes, so I decided to turn most of the jalapenos into flakes. I chopped them with our ulu knife and put them in the dehydrator.
We had some banana peppers that sprouted too, but those got eaten too quickly for me to get a picture!
Lots more fall harvest posts are coming soon!