95 days. Once you try these teardrop-shaped
3–4 pound fruits, they’ll become
an essential part of your fall and
winter cooking. “Kuri” is Japanese
for chestnut, a tribute to its nutty
flavor. Its smooth consistency and
deep color make it a favorite for any
traditional squash or pumpkin dish,
although it's terrific simply sliced,
steamed, or baked. Compact 4'–6'
vines produce well even in short
This packet sows 2–3 mounds.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is above 60°F.
When to start inside: Not recommended
except in very short growing seasons, 2 to
4 weeks before average last frost. Sow in
paper or pulp pots that can be transplanted
directly into the ground.
Harvesting: Harvest just before the first fall frost, when the squash’s rind is hard enough that you can’t dent it with your fingernail. Cut (don’t break the stems off), leaving 2" of stem attached. If stem attachment is broken, the squash will rot in a few weeks. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; a bruised squash spoils quickly.
Artist: Carolyn Crawford