In May I sowed seed of a new Winter Squash variety called Mashed Potatoes by Thompson and Morgan.
Within a fortnight the seed was already through the soil and due to the hot weather it make great progress. They were planted in their final growing position in June and watered well during the dry spells.
By mid-August it has only produced one fruit but by the time I harvested it in late September it had 3 useable fruits and 1 little fruit which wouldn’t have time to develop. Unlike previous squash I’ve grown, this didn’t spread. Whether this is common for the variety or just down to a very hot Summer, I don’t know.
I harvested and kept them in the shed for a few days for the skin the harden for storage.
In the kitchen I cut one in half and removed the seeds. Lightly oiled the inside and placed in the oven, cut side down, for 50 minutes at 200* in a fan oven. Taking them out of the oven I left to cool slightly before tasting.
They actually taste of potato! It certainly makes your head spin when you first taste it. I ate one side of it in one sitting. It was a creamier version of potato. I tried the skin and although it was OK, I prefer the inside flesh.
“80% less Calories and 75% less Carbohydrates compared with potatoes”.
– Thompson and Morgan Seed Packet
This squash will certainly be grown next year and in bigger quantities, maybe starting the seed slightly earlier in mid-April.
How to Grow Winter Squash, v. Mashed Potato
Sow April, May
Plant June, July, August
Harvest August, September, October
Height Up To 60cm (24in), Spread Up To 100cm (39in)
Half-Hardy Annual. Prefers Full Sunshine
Seed Packet Description
Low in calories
A good source of iron and potassium
Great alternative to potatoes
A winter Acorn Squash with a wonderful secret! Beneath the dazzling white skins lies a creamy white coloured flesh which looks just like mashed potato when it is baked and fluffed – but at just a fraction of the calories! Squash ‘Mashed Potatoes’ plants are productive and vigorous, producing 4 fruits per plant, each weighing up to 700g. The delicious fruits are high in fibre, and a great source of iron, making a healthier alternative to traditional spuds! Height: 60cm (24″). Spread: 100cm (39″).
There are two varieties in this range…
Winter Squash, v. Baked Potatoes – Pale orange skins and creamy white flesh.
Winter Squash, v. Mashed Potatoes – Creamy white coloured flesh which looks just like mashed potato when it is baked and fluffed.