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Winning Squash for Container Gardens

By January 15, 2009

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Honey Bear Squash
Photo © Johnny's Seeds

Johnny’s Seeds, located right here in Maine, has come up with a 2009 All America Selections winner called Honey Bear. Honey Bear is an acorn squash that promises to be “deliciously starchy and sweet,” and to resist powdery mildew. It is also compact, which makes it perfect for growing in container gardens.

I’m a big fan of acorn squash. To cook it, I cut it in half (if you nuke it for about a minute it is easier to cut), and coat it with a little olive oil. I then bake it at 350 for about 45 minutes or until soft. When it’s almost done I put a small pat of butter in the middle, then add about a ˝ teaspoon of brown sugar and about a tablespoon of maple syrup and cook until it melts. Sounds like it might be too sweet, but it’s not. It's just delicious. Even my squash phobic son loves it.

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