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 C. maxima.

American Indian

One of the old types possibly the same as Winnebago in the old Oscar Will seed catalog. A nice sweet very squash tasting variety that does well. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Big Red

100 days- A variety selected for darker orange fruits, but always throws an occasional pink sport. This one is a big one. We had some 70 pound fruit in 2019. We originally got this one from the  Nichols Seed company back in the late 1970's. Another one that kind of slipped away from me and I  found a packet from 1987 in the freezer and decided to rejuvenate it in 2019 and  wow did it do well. The one in picture went all the way across the bed of my 4 wheel drive pickup. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed.

Georgia Candyroaster

Georgia Candyroaster - Fruits nearly 2 feet long, orange skin and sweet flesh, long vining.  Fruit looks like a 8 UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Guatemalan Blue

Guatemalan Blue- 105 days-  A long-time favorite of mine.  Slate grey fruits are a medium size for banana squash.  Flesh has a particular flavor that is fabulous.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Hillbilly

100 days.Early on in the days of the Seed Savers Exchange I was an avid collector of squash varieties and this one was sent  to me by the president of the American Gourd Society. I  was always amazed at how large they could get. It mostly is a large very plumpy pink banana type but fruit can get a bluish cast.  I have seen fruit get 80 pounds. Another rescued packet from 1987 that has been in the freezer. We are thankful to Annalissa  in  California for growing this one out and saving it from extinction. Pkt. $2.00

Jumbo Pink Banana

Jumbo Pink Banana- 100 days-  Large, pink skinned fruits with excellent quality flesh (moist and sweet).  While they never get as big here in the Midwest due to the insects and disease, I’ve seen specimens top 100 pounds when I lived out West.  Pkt. $1.50

North Georgia Candyroaster

North Georgia Candyroaster- 105 days-  Vigorous vines, shortened, pink banana squash.   Heavy production. Pkt. $2.50  (Limit 1 Pkt.)  Certified Organic Seed

Rainbow

Rainbow -  A wonderful, small banana squash, pinkish with blue streaks. Developed by University of Minnesota in the 1950’s. Great flavor and easy to use size.  This one surprised me in 2017  planted July 3 it showed no signs of insect damage and produced abundantly.  Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed 

Swedish Banana

Swedish Banana -  Medium sized, typically 15 to 30 pounds, prolific, banana type, deep orange flesh, pinkish orange skin.   Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

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Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

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Calamus, IA 52729

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