New Squash Variety Excites China

Hawke’s Bay squash growers Bostock New Zealand and Gisborne’s Leaderbrand have entered into a partnership growing a new squash variety that’s being snapped up in China.

Last year Bostock stepped up supply of the new variety, Marron d’Or, a Kabocha squash hybrid, into the Chinese market, after an initial shipment in 2017 proved a major hit with consumers.

Leaderbrand and Bostock will produce Marron d’Or exclusively.

Bostock New Zealand owner, John Bostock, said it was a Japanese variety not available in China.

“It has a sweet, nutty flavour which is really delicious. It stays green for quite a period, and does not decay as quickly as other squash varieties.

Photo: Bostock NZ and Gisborne’s Leaderbrand have partnered up to grow what they intend will be the “world’s premium squash variety”. Leaderbrand’s Richard Burke (left) and John Bostock pose with some of the Marron d’Or squash.  For more on this and other great Hawke’s Bay stories go to Posted: 15 March 2019