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Low calorie, low carb, high fibre squash to replace potatoes!

Squash Mashed Potato and Baked Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Squash Mashed Potato and Baked Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

Thompson & Morgan’s breakthrough winter squash varieties

With plant-based diets taking centre stage, as well as people looking for low-calorie and low-carbohydrate vegetable alternatives, Thompson & Morgan has unveiled two ground-breaking winter squash.

When cooked, varieties Mashed Potato and Baked Potato taste exactly as their names suggest – just like mashed and baked potatoes!

The cooked flesh of both types of squash is lower in carbohydrates and calories, and higher in fibre than that of potatoes.

Squash Mashed Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Squash Mashed Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

Super-healthy statistics

Per 148g portion, Mashed Potato has:

  • 23 calories against potato with 110
  • 2.25% carbohydrate against 9%
  • 9% dietary fibre against 7%.

Mashed Potato is a white-skinned acorn-type with almost white flesh that when baked, scooped out, mashed and seasoned has the look and taste of traditional mash.

Baked Potato is an acorn-type with pale butternut-coloured skin and off-white flesh that when cooked has the appearance, texture and taste of a baked potato.

Squash Baked Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Squash Baked Potato. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

‘Jumbo plugs and seeds available’

Peter Freeman, Thompson & Morgan’s new product development manager, said: “We’re excited to be offering these two new squash varieties for next season.

“Jumbo plugs and seeds will be available, enabling gardeners and allotmenteers to grow these highly productive plants. In staff taste tests, we’ve been amazed at how similar to potato the winter squash flesh is!”

Both varieties typically produce 3 to 4 fruits of approximately 450-700g each. Squash plants are vine-like and will trail on the ground.

How to cook the squashes

Both types of squash should be cooked in the oven, with the cut side lightly oiled and placed cut side down on a baking tray, at 200°C for approximately 30 mins.

The flesh can then be scooped out and in the case of Mashed Potato, mashed with butter, salt and pepper according to taste and enjoyed as you would ordinary mashed potato.

For Baked Potato, eat the flesh as you would that of a traditional baked potato, with butter and cheese or any other filling of your choice.

For more information, visit www.thompson-morgan.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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