Black Futsu Squash
Deep nutty flavor develops in storage.
There is something irresistible about a bumpy squash. Outside, its folds and crevices comprise a complicated topography, suggesting depth and history. Inside, its glowing flesh radiates sweetness and comfort. Together, this type of squash conveys a parable of sorts: that complexity can comfort, that intricate textures can envelop sweet truths. This squash also provided comfort to soup kitchen patrons; after our crew extracted the seeds, volunteers turned the flesh into a free meal.
Black Futsu is an heirloom Japanese pumpkin with attractive, deeply ribbed, bumpy skin that cures from deep black-green to a warm orange buff color. Edible skin, and fine, nutty-flavored flesh. Great roasted, fried in tempura, pureed in pies or soups, or pickled! 3-5 fruits per plant, averaging 3 lbs. each.
|Art Pack (30 seeds)||$3.95||In Stock|
|30 Seeds||$3.50||In Stock|
|90 Seeds||$6.50||In Stock|
|270 Seeds||$10.95||In Stock|
Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 2-3 weeks earlier. Transplant in hills 6' apart, 3 plants per hill, or in rows 36" apart. Can be trained to grow up a trellis. Harvest when squash are buff-colored with no trace of green. Cure in a warm spot for 2-3 weeks.
|Days to Germination||5-10 days|
|Days to Maturity||110 days|
|Spacing in Row||24-36"|
|Spacing Between Rows||60-72"|
|Height at Maturity||72 inches|
|Width at Maturity||60"|
|Sun Preference||Full Sun|
Artwork by Andrew Casner. Andrew not only crafted this illustration of Black Futsu Squash, but as a farmer at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, he also produced the seeds! He uses gouache and watercolor to capture the intricate and textured exterior of this beautiful fruit.