Banana shape, thin, brittle, smooth, 30"L grayish- green rind turns pink-orange at maturity. Can grow to a staggering 3'L and weigh up to 50 lbs or more! Best when picked less than 30"L. Delicious, sweet, yellow orange flesh is dry, thick, fine-grained and can be substituted in recipes that call for acorn or butternut squash or as "pumpkin" in pies. Great canned, roasted, baked or in soups; freezes very well after cooking. Drought resistant.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
VEGETABLE SEED AND PLANTING GUIDE
|Direct Seed (100 Ft.)||Distance Apart In Row After Thinning||Space Between Rows||Planting Depth|
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.
ESTIMATED DAYS TO MATURITY
- Borage deters worms, improves growth and flavor
- Marigold deters beetles
- Nasturtium deters squash bugs and beetles
- Oregano provides general pest protection