Friday, February 15, 2008

Blue Hubbard Squash

Meet the blue hubbard squash. Kind of creepy, no? Like a ghostly brain one might find washed up on the sea shore. Or in the old mother's cupboard? As an added testament to their strangeness, the sign above in the left-hand photo reads, "What are these?" Despite their chalky exterior, the blue hubbards are yellow-orange inside and can be used like other squash to make soups, pies, and other baked squashy dishes. For some quality literature on this squash's origins, take a look at "Blue Hubbard Squash: the Mystery Unveiled." Apparently the best way to crack it open is to put it in a plastic bag and drop it on the ground. Call it the farmers' piñata, if you will.

I saw these last November with Erin and our friend Paula at Oak Hill Farm, a produce fantasy land in Sonoma that also operates a flower stand at the S.F. Ferry Building market. I didn't actually buy one because I had already spent more than was advisable on other beautiful vegetables and flowers. The whole place really is magical.

Inside the barn at Oak Hill Farm


andrea! said...

Blue hubbard sounds like something that happens to every guy.

Also, this bag-n-drop procedure could easily be incorporated into military training, imo.

Paula said...

woohoo!!! shout-out!!! I still remember those flowers, they were gorgeous. The blue hubbard squash description reminds me of my favorite post yet-- fennel: creature of the night. Oh food, so magical :)