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Price: $0.75 ( 2.5 inch pot)
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The North Georgia Candy Roaster Squash is part of a group of candy roaster squashes that were cultivated by the Cherokee. Early 1900s Appalachian Thanksgiving feasts included “candy roaster pie” instead of pumpkin pie. North Georgia Candy Roaster bears banana-shaped fruits that are up to 18 inches long and 6 inches wide. The smooth, delicious, orange flesh is housed in pink fruits with blue tips. This squash is valued for its intensely sweet flavor and its ability to winter well. Store the fruits up to 5 months in cool, dark, conditions. The flavor actually improves through the winter. North Georgia Candy Roaster can be fried, baked, roasted, and substituted in recipes that use other winter squashes or sweet potato. Make into a purée and use as you would puréed pumpkin in breads, pies, or pasta dishes. This squash is a delicious addition to soups, stews, and casseroles, and pairs well with flavors such as chipotle, chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and curry. TO Prepare FOR COOKING: Cut lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. The squash can be roasted in the skin, after which the flesh can be scooped out and the skin discarded. To remove the skin for cubing, try cutting the squash in half width-wise so that it fits in a microwave. Microwave each half on high for 3 minutes, then peel downward with the squash positioned upright on the table. In General: Remove older squash plants throughout the summer and follow with a succession of fresh squash plants to avoid squash plant pest load.