Potimarron squash sighting in LA?
- Professor Salt Nov 2, 2009 09:25 PM
A friend of ours is living in France and raving about this pumpkin called potimarron. Has anyone seen any in the local farmers' markets?
I miss it a lot. It's called potimarron because the taste is a cross between pumpkin (potiron) and chestnuts (marrons). I've never seen it at any farmers' market around here.
Also known as red kuri squash, among other things. It was on Michael Mina's XIV menu during dineLA ( http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/di... ). Check http://www.clovegarden.com/ingred/squ... for a picture and description of the squash.
XIV paired it with Jidori chicken. Did anyone here have that plate?
I would think one of the specialty produce purveyors at the wholesale produce market at Olympic and Alameda should be carrying it. There are large operations like Melissa's, as well as specialty family run produce shops that sell primarily to markets and the restaurant trade. Its easy enough to drive in and walk around and ask who sells the item in question.
Also, think I saw squash at McGrath Farms up in Ventura previously.
McGrath Family Farms: 805-983-0333
"Its easy enough to drive in and walk around ...."
Even easier to call XIV, which was putting red kuri squash on the table recently, and ask for the source: (323) 656-1414.
Keep in mind that clovegarden.com claims, "They are available year round but become common in Southern California produce markets in September," so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.
BTW, I ran across a colorful picture of a tarte au potimarron et au céleri rave at http://www.flickr.com/photos/28757974... I may have to hunt down potimarron myself.
At Bristol Farms today I spotted potimarron squash (labelled red kuri, as noted here and elsewhere on the Web). So I got one and look forward to auditioning it as a possible side dish for the Thanksgiving table this year. Thanks to Professor Salt for bringing potimarron/red kuri/Hokkaido to our attention.
I just bought a red kuri squash at the Vons at the corner of Sunset and Hillhurst. The acorn squash I roasted at the same time paled in comparison. It is going to be soup tomorrow, but I am thinking of getting another one to make a pumpkin (well, squash anyway) pie. Mmmm.