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.

Futtsu

Futtsu- 110 days- C. moschata  Very ribbed, dark green turning grayish orange in maturity.  Sweet orange-yellow flesh.  This Japanese variety is very tasty with an almost nutty flavor Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Gold Nugget

Gold Nugget - 80 days - C. maxima  Superb, bush type squash with hard shell for keeping.  Best in areas not prone to vine borers. I grew these with great success out west  and they kept exceptionally well. Here it is a fight with the vine borers to see who wins.   Pkt. $1.75

Honeyboat Delicata

Honeyboat Delicata- 90 days C. pepo  A newer refined Delicata type that has a slightly different and darker skin color with streaks. Very sweet when cooked. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Iran

Iran- 100 days- colorful squash I retrieved from the USDA in 1981. Nice mix of green and orange on a fruit.  Very decorative, semi flattened fruits. Seed comes in two colors. Pkt. $2.50

Lebanese

Lebanese - 70 days - C. pepo  Semi-bush, oblong, blocky, zucchini type, used when young as a summer squash, then can be used later as an acorn type winter squash.  Pkt.  $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Mexigold

Mexigold- 80 days-  C. maxima   My own creation, my first attempt at plant breeding while I was in high school.  A very early, sweet, pink skinned, heart-shaped squash averaging 4 to 8 pounds.    (15 seeds) Pkt. $3.00   Certified Organic Seed   OSSI  pledged seed variety

Quality

Quality - C. maxima  A refined Green Delicious type, dry fleshed.  One of the first seeds I obtained from Robert Kennedy in the early 1980’s when I first joined the Seed Savers Exchange.  He had saved so many good, old varieties.  I’ll always be grateful for the large number of varieties he saved.  This squash does well here for a maxima type. They stand up to the late infestations of cucumber beetles well and get a hard enough skin to still keep well.  Pkt $2.50  Certified Organic Seed 

Spaghetti

Spaghetti-  C. pepo  Fruits are an excellent low-cal food.  Bake halves (after removing seeds) then pull out the stringy flesh.  We top with a little butter, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese.  A delicious dish.  May also use as a substitute for pasta with spaghetti sauce.  Pkt. $1.50

Triamble

Triamble- 110 days - C. maxima  - Unique 3 lobed squash.  Originated in Australia, introduced to U.S. in 1932.  Skin is a slate blue.  Pkt. $3.00

Tweet-ee-oo-Bakers

Tweet-ee-oo-Bakers- 100 days- C. pepo   Southern heirloom.  Vigorous vines produce 6 inch yellowish fruits with green stripes.  Flesh is mild and moist.  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed

Yakima Marblehead

Yakima Marblehead- 100 days-  C.maxima-  a old variety very popular in the northwest when I was a child in the 1960's.  I remember going  to the produce department of the IGA store to get the lettuce leaves and scrap produce for my poultry and see these large sometimes 40-60 pound squash sitting back there . In those days they cut them up and sold chunks in the produce counter. They are a slate blue color and  medium dry flesh. A true old time variety.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Zapollito de Tronco

Zapollito de Tronco- 100 days-  C. maxima  Cheese shape.  May be eaten like a zucchini in the immature stage.  At that stage, flesh is avocado-like in texture.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Zapallo Plomo

Zapallo Plomo- 110 days- C. maxima - translated means Lead Squash. It is a pale grey with very dry  deep orange flesh. 

Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

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Calamus, IA 52729

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