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Nov 2, 2009 09:25 PM

Potimarron squash sighting in LA?

A friend of ours is living in France and raving about this pumpkin called potimarron. Has anyone seen any in the local farmers' markets?

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  1. 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.

    1. Also known as red kuri squash, among other things. It was on Michael Mina's XIV menu during dineLA ( ). Check for a picture and description of the squash.

      XIV paired it with Jidori chicken. Did anyone here have that plate?

      1. aka Hokkaido squash. Check Japanese groceries.

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        1. re: epop

          Great, thanks. I'll run over to Mitsuwa at lunch and see if they might have it.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            would you report back as to whether you were able to find it? thanks!

            1. re: mollyomormon

              Had to skip lunch today due to work demands. I'll hit Mitsuwa later this week and for sure report back, molly-o

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Went to Mitsuwa Torrance and Marukai Costa Mesa today. No dice.

                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    Weird. I've seen them. I have a feeling they're at the farmer's markets as well. Don't worry -- they'll turn up.

        2. 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.

          Melissa's: 1.800.588.0151

          McGrath Family Farms: 805-983-0333

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          1. re: ickster

            "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 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 I may have to hunt down potimarron myself.

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Harry Nile

              Thanks, Harry. I'll have to head to my local Bristol and see if they has it.

              1. re: Harry Nile

                i actually found some that was unnamed at the Larchmont Farmer's market on Sunday, roasted it and transformed it in soup last night.