Mick’s Buttercup Squash

The Captain and I try to go to Montana every year if possible. We have found good friends among the farmers we’ve met there. Three years ago, Mick, one of these friends, gave us some buttercup squash that he had just harvested. Since we had our trailer with us, he suggested the easiest way to cook it would be to microwave it.

I did that, and it was very good. So good, in fact, that I saved the seeds of the squash to bring home. For the next three years I planted and saved Mick’s buttercup squashes. This year’s crop is descended from those original squashes he gave us in 2015.

Here is one of them, growing on the garden fence where it climbed up.

The funny thing is that although I carefully started some of the squash seeds in little pots for transplanting when the weather warmed up enough, Mick’s squash has a mind of its own. I must have put some compost in the garden last winter, and this spring, way before I thought it was okay to plant anything, these squashes volunteered to grow in my garden and they have by far outstripped the ones I so carefully tended in little pots for transplanting.

I have found a way of cooking these squashes that makes us very happy. I clean, quarter, and peel the squash and microwave it just long enough to make it barely tender (a few minutes). While that is happening, I sautee some chopped onion  in a pan with butter. When the squash is tender enough to cut easily but not so mushy that it is falling apart, I cut each quarter into slices (the way you would cut cantaloupe in thin wedges) and lay these in the pan to brown a few minutes on each side.

That’s it. Eat and enjoy.

PS When you’re cleaning the squash, be sure to save the seeds for next year’s crop.

35 thoughts on “Mick’s Buttercup Squash

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      They like a lot of water and I know I have better results where the soil is better. A few of them were in very sandy, poor soil and didn’t do very well, but the ones in the composted soil did well. I wonder if it’s too hot where you are (although it gets very hot in Montana in the summers too)….

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  1. Sonja Forrester

    I was surprised to see how easily your squash plants hugged that stucco wire around the perimeter of the garden. You are in for some delicious meals very soon with those tempting treats hanging there. Enjoy! 🙂 (and thank you for the cooking tips)

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I was surprised too, the first time I saw them growing on the fence. I’m amazed that they can hold their own weight as they grow. Today when I was watering I saw a bunch more that have started to grow. They sure grow quickly once they get started.

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  2. Ursula Kurz

    We are nearly out of water and all is bone dry so your squashes wouldn´t make it here right now.
    But it looks like a few very good meals. Nice pictures.

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  3. Lori

    I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten butternut squash. It doesn’t look like zucchini, but I heard that they are similar. I don’t eat onions, so I’d have to saute mine in garlic. We planted zucchini last year for the first time. It grew too large for the size of our garden, so we didn’t plant it again this year. But, like your squash, it had a mind of its own and grew from last year’s seeds. We have an even better crop of them this year than last! Did you see my post about our ravioli-making-day?

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      This one is a butterCUP (not butterNUT) squash. I made that same mistake at first. I’d never heard of buttercup squash. As for the zucchini, that’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way – it’s sweet and tender when it’s small, but once it’s big, it’s not that good. So just pick them when they’re the size of cucumbers.
      And yes, I follow your blog, so I must have seen the ravioli one, but I’m having trouble going back to find it again. I’ll give it another try.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      That’s very kind of you to say, David. I love trying to improve on my photos, and am still a struggling newbie at it, but my friend gave me this Nikon a few years ago after she couldn’t stand to see my frustration with my tiny point-and-click camera. I’ve had SO much fun with it ever since.

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