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    Iíve harvested my first (and only) Uchiki Kuri but as I harvested disaster struck and Iíve Nicked itís skin with the secateurs will it still store ok?

    Next year Iíve learnt I need to give more feeding and attack aphids quicker as had an aphid farm on this plant so think itís why itís not done so well!

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    Leave it to fully ripen, indoors in the warm, but keep a close eye on it.
    Sometimes they still store well, even with some damage - but obviously if it starts to rot, eat it as quick as you can.
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    Thanks Thelma, I’m cross with myself I should have been more careful! So I hope it doesn’t rot!
    How will I know when it’s fully ripened? It’s already a beautiful orange!

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    Storing a minorly damaged winter squash...-342e9c57-01f3-4060-a87f-005ac7e7d179.jpg
    You can just see the cut on the front right side

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    Why not just cook with it and make something while you can ? You can only eat it once ... :-)

    PS Don't forget to save some seeds, if the taste is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    PS Don't forget to save some seeds, if the taste is good.
    Be careful when saving squash seed! Pumkin, squash, courgettes and marrows will all cross pollinate. If you want to save seed from anything in this family the flowers need to be bagged prior to opening and hand pollinated.
    You can grow them if you wanted to try it, you can get some weird and wonderful crosses some not edible, others that don't produce much fruit etc...but if you are tight on space it may not be worth the risk.
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    Uchiki Kuri are Cucurbita maxima so it will depend on what other Cucurbits are growing in the neighbourhood. Most courgettes are Pepo, except the trombone and crookneck squash which are moschata. Winter Squash might be members of Maxima, Pepo or Moschata. Giant pumpkins are usually Maxima as well. They will easily cross with other members of their group, but not with other groups usually.

    I'd probably make soup with it and either eat or freeze it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissyteacup View Post
    Thanks Thelma, Iím cross with myself I should have been more careful! So I hope it doesnít rot!
    How will I know when itís fully ripened? Itís already a beautiful orange!
    Yes, you can eat Kuri squash as you've picked it, but the taste improves if left to ripen on the plant for as long as possible and then storing indoors, for a while, before eating, the Americans call it curing them, if you fancy Googling it. During curing minor cuts and scratches can heal over...
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