Turban Squash | Cucurbita maxima cultivar

Pam painted the brilliant orange of this winter squash like a beacon illuminating the darkness of winter. Not just a play of light and colour but also of shape... the square in the circle, the circles in the square, stripes and spots and textures, and the deep centre in all its detail. 

What she lacks in culinary charms she more than makes up for in sheer good looks...

Described in the nineteenth century as "the most beautiful in color, and the most worthless 
in quality, of all the varieties of squash;...coarse, watery and insipid."  
Gregory, James J. H. (1893). Squashes: How to Grow Them