Jarrahdale squash is a New Zealand heirloom squash notable for its beautiful slate blue color, deep ribs and striking deep orange flesh. In the US, they are mostly grown for their decorative effect, rather than for consumption.
These squash run 6 to 10 pounds with thick flesh and a small seed cavity which means they are challenging to cut open and clean out. Using an oyster ‘knife’ and a mallet, cut the opening shape wanted. Then it is easier to run a knife around the opening. I wanted an oblong shape.
Isn’t the bright color contrast amazing? I once used them on pale celadon linen cloths on circular tables, putting them on copper chargers (Michael’s) surrounded by similar colored green and purple hydrangea. Each squash contained one large (short) candle, which, when lit, made each squash glow brightly. The array of tools shown were used to remove all the seeds and flesh. In the end, the grapefruit knife and metallic spoon worked best.
The pumpkin design is one done for a benefit several weeks ago. I paired the design with a bouquet of the leftover flowers. To complement the bouquet, I made some ‘pumpkins’ out of dried poppy seed heads. These are painted with sage green metallic paint from Modern Masters and then wired with fine copper wire. They were woven through the roses in the bouquet – BUT – no photos were taken. You’ll have to use your imagination.