Most people initially grow Uchiki Kuri squash because of its seeming similarity to the familiar pumpkin. What they will not have anticipated is finding it a far superior squash to pumpkin.
With butter-coloured flesh that is smoother than butternut squash, this teardrop-shaped squash with an intense, sunset-coloured rind has a pronounced, distinctive chestnut flavour. Each plant forms three to five small pumpkin-like fruits of intense orange red with a golden flesh, averaging 1.5Kg. They are very early to mature and have superb storage characteristics.
Uchiki Kuri Squash is known by a variety of names. It is commonly known as Potimarron or Onion Squash because of its shape, and is also known as Japanese squash, Orange Hokkaido or Red Kuri squash. Once again we have the Japanese to thank for its development. If you believe that pumpkins and squash are only fit for Halloween lanterns, allow yourself to be converted.