Black Futtsu Squash
The Black Futtsu (also spelled "Futsu") is an heirloom squash grown in Japan for more than 200 years. Like several other Japanese squashes it is small and its orange colored flesh nearly fills the squash. Its nut-like flavor is commonly compared to chestnuts.
Black Futtsu are small (av. 1-2#) but highly ornamental. As the squash develops it has a very dark green or charcoal appearance. At a glance they appear so dark that they might thought to have rotted on the vine. As they ripen, however, a deep orange color appears and replaces most of the black-green color. The shape of the Futtsu is also unusual. It is heavily ribbed and wart-like knobs cover the surface. A long stem caps off its stunning appearance.
These Futtsu Squash were organically grown in my garden in the Valley of the Moon.
Seed Source: Kitazawa Seed Co.