No Delicorn Left Behind

Delicorn on the mantle with other squashAs we’ve been cleaning up the garden, cutting down drying bean vines, and removing the last of the tomato cages into the garage, Mutti came across a surprise under the wild columbine. She found another Delicorn squash. We had a cross of Delicata and Acorn squash earlier, and the most recent find is pictured in the foreground at left, on our fireplace mantle. It also has the Delicata shape with the Acorn coloring.

A gardening neighbor, Larry, also came by recently to drop off some gifts after a trip he and his wife took. He gave us what we think is a rather large Pattypan squash, much larger than we had ever seen (pictured below with bananas), and a couple of very large sunflower heads. We’re not sure if a Pattypan of this size at this time of year is alright for eating or if it is meant for decoration. I’ll have to read up on that. We have the two sunflower heads drying in the garage with the ones we grew. We plan to eventually make homemade sunflower butter with them after I found easy instructions online for removing the shells and separating the seeds.  It’s fun to exchange with neighbors like this. We’ve already shared some Delicata with them after receiving a Buttercup and Acorns.

Large Pattypan with bananas

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2 Responses to No Delicorn Left Behind

  1. “I found easy instructions online for removing the shells and separating the seeds.”

    Ok, now you’re just teasing.

    • I meant to post this when I tried it in the future, but I saw online that one can lightly pulse the seeds in a food processor or a smaller unit enough to crack a bunch of them into pieces. Then it goes into water to allow the seeds to sink and the hull parts to float. Then skim off the hulls and drain the seed parts. If one is making sun flower butter it doesn’t matter if the seeds are whole or in pieces. I was just hoping that all the hull parts will float and that I can find a small enough mesh to drain the seeds – maybe cheesecloth or something. Then the seeds get blended in a processor and one can add a little sweetener like honey to taste, or salt, in addition to adding an oil like canola to achieve whatever texture one is after (creamy or thicker).

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