All of this group are basically tan skinned when ripe and have very nice, deep orange flesh high in carotene. As a group they need a warmer growing season to do the best and they are very tolerant of most diseases and insects especially vine borer tolerance. For seed saving purposes all of these are Cucurbita moschata
A group that is perhaps the most heirloom group we offer as most of these can trace their history back a number of years. They usually are large and have a tan skin and orange flesh. In many cases they were used when families were large and for stock feed. All in this group are Cucurbita moschata
All of this group are typically the same shape and are relatively small compared to some we grow. As a group these are less tolerant to vine borers and many of them will succumb to mildew in wet, cool seasons. All in this group are Cucurbita pepo
Winter Squash: Hubbard Types
While all that I have included here are not hubbards they are all large, blocky shaped squash. Usually as a group they have large and rampant vines and do better than most other squash in cooler mountain climates. These were tops where I lived in the mountains of Idaho for yield and flavor. Here in the Midwest they grow well but frequently succumb to vine borers and here the flavor isn’t quite the same. All are Cucurbita maxima
Winter Squash: Turban Types
All of the ones in this group are flattened with a drum like appearance , some will have a button or cup. For the most part these are all on the drier fleshed side. Most have sweet orange flesh. All are Cucurbita maxima
Winter Squash: Banana Types
This has always been one of my favorite groups. They did so well where I lived in Idaho and I remember the huge 100 pound plus sized Pink Bananas that used to be exhibited at the Nez Perce County Fair. They never get as big here in Iowa and the flavor is not as I remember it, but they are still a great addition to the garden. The big issue here is they succumb easily to vine borers. All are Cucurbita maxima.
Winter Squash: Cushaws and Related
This is the best group for gardeners who have lots of insect issues and also have a drier climate with less than reliable moisture and or high heat. While they are a challenge in cool seasons, they do well here in the Midwest. Flesh tends to be pale yellow. Vines can go in many directions. All are Cucurbita mixta.
Winter Squash: Pumpkin Types
This group all tends to produce large fruited types great for fairs and stock feed but eating quality may not be the greatest on some. Vines can get quite large and cover huge areas. All are Cucurbita maxima and have a tough time with vine borers.
Winter Squash: Unique Types
The ones listed here just don’t fit well into any of the categories that we have set up. That doesn’t make them less worthy, but just more unusual. There are some members in all species.