Black Futsu Squash

Cucurbita moschata

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.

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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
Planting Depth 1"
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.

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