Winter Squash Seeds
Winter squash is a warm-season vegetable that can be
grown in most of the country. It differs from summer squash in
that it is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, when
the seeds within have matured fully and the skin has hardened
into a tough rind. When ripened to this stage, fruits of most
varieties can be stored for use throughout the winter.
Winter Squash is a tender vegetable. The seeds do not
germinate in cold soil, and the seedlings are injured by frost.
Do not plant until all danger of frost is past and soil is
Spacing and Depth
The vining types of squash require at least 50 to 100 square
feet per hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds
per hill). Allow 5 to 6 feet between hills. When the young
plants are well-established, thin each hill to the best two or
three plants. Allow 7 to 12 feet between rows.
Plant semi-vining varieties one inch deep (four or five
seeds per hill) and thin to the best two plants per hill. Allow
8 feet between rows.
Plant bush varieties one inch deep (1 or 2 seeds per foot of
row) and thin to a single plant every three feet. Allow five
feet between rows.
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Winter Squash Recipes
1A442 Lakota ( Heirloom )
Sioux Indian heirloom, pear shape, flame orange with green streaks, 8 x 9", fine grain flesh, nutty taste, beautiful fall decoration, 95 days.
Lakota is as colorful as an Indian blanket with the fine baking quality of Hubbard.
You can store Lakota squash in a cool, dry place for three months or more after picking them. Leave about two inches of stem attached to the vegetables when you harvest them to prevent bacteria and mold spores from entering the stem end. Wash and dry the squash to remove excess soil and to prevent bringing pathogens into the storage area. The cut stem end will dry and form a "handle". Watch for scuffed places on the skin of the squash.
Scuffs and small scrapes will usually heal over by forming a pithy scab, which will keep bacteria out. If scrapes do not heal over, use those squash first so they don't spoil.
JF347 Kamo Kamo ( New Zealand Squash )
Kamo kamo ( also called Kumi kumi ) is a squash found primarily in New Zealand, where it was one of the traditional foods of the Maori people. It is ribbed, with thick skin, like a pumpkin, and speckled green.
This delicious squash has become rare even in New Zealand. It is well worth popularizing, for its delicious nutty flavor, and for its versatility as both summer and winter squash.
As a mature fruit, Kamo Kamo has a hard skin that will preserve the flesh for over a year if properly stored.
We found these suggestions for using Kamo Kamo on the web:
As a squash, kamo kamo can be used in similar ways to pumpkin. Try boiling it with potatoes and mashing with butter and salt and pepper. It can also be braised, by sautéing with onion, garlic and herbs and adding red or white wine (or a stock of your choice).
It also works well as a sweet and sour vegetable - pan fry slices of kamo kamo until caramelised, remove the vegetable and deglaze the pan with wine vinegar. Add honey, and seasoning to taste until you have a smooth sauce, and add the kamo kamo back in.
IP118 Angel Hair Personal Sized Spaghetti Squash
(1.5-2 lbs.) This is a personal size Spaghetti Squash weighing only 1-1/2 to 2 pounds and making only 1-2 servings. It is sweet and flavorful. The fruit are egg shaped with a sunshine yellow color when ripe. Produces prolific yields of fruits, tolerates powdery mildew race 2, and has a long storage life. 88 days.
NB06 Honey Bear Acorn
Acorn, AAS, Personal size under 1 lb, round, green, ribbed, yummy taste, compact, resists mildew, fine for patio, 95 days.
1A362 Japanese Kikuza
Japanese heirloom, light orange ribbed rind, thick juicy spicy, tender flesh, 5 lb, great baked or roasted, 92 days.
1A366 Tahitian Butternut
Butternut shape, elongated neck, light golden orange skin, sweet flesh, high yield, raw or baked, 110 days.
Elongated 8" long, cream with dark stripes, sweet, stores well, great for stuffing/baking, 100 days.
1A364 Waltham Butternut
Butternut, uniform large 5 lb, productive, very long storage potential, tan skin, 100 days.
3442 Heart of Gold
Acorn, cream with green stripes, orange flesh, 3 lbs, semi-bush, very tasty, 85 days.
3443 Tivoli Bush Spaghetti
F1 First bush spaghetti, 6 x 10", smooth pale yellow, compact short vines, creamy flesh, high yield, 98 days.
2007 Stripetti: Striped Vegetable Spaghetti
A Striped Vegetable Spaghetti with better flavor! A cross
between spaghetti squash and delicata, the threads in this
squash are softer and more mild, with more corn-like flavor
than the usual spaghetti variety. The skin color of Stripetti
F1 changes to indicate ripeness. Fruit are very hard, giving
long shelf life and good shipping. Good keeper. Cook whole in
boiling water for 30 minutes or microwave. Good with pasta
G160 Spaghetti Squash
maturing winter squash producing 4-5 lb fruits. Bake in oven,
split open and remove the "spaghetti" and top with your
favorite sauce, delicious!
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1A203 Golden Hubbard
Introduced by D. M. Ferry in 1898. Typical hard-skinned
hubbard, but the shell color is a beautiful deep orange. Fruits
weigh from 8-12 pounds and have thick dry sweet fine-grained
golden-yellow flesh. Great keeper. 90-100 days. Seeds from
1A205 Queensland Blue
Beautiful variety of winter squash procured from Australia in
1932. Blue skin is deeply ribbed all around the sides, but flat
on the top and bottom. Fruits weigh 12-20 pounds when fully
mature. Flesh is thick and dense, semi-sweet, very flavorful
and of the best quality. Excellent variety for extended winter
storage. 100-120 days.
JF442 Buffy Hybrid
Buffy is mini winter squash with long lasting shelf life of 6-8 months if not longer. Nice white to beige coloring. Trailing vine habit, extremely high quality flesh that is high sugary type. Ornamental or edible usage is perfect for this pint size squash. Powdery Mildew Races 1 & 2, Podi Virus. 75 days.
1A352 Sweet Meat
Heirloom, vigorous vine, 10 lb fruit, hard shell, orange flesh, sweet, dry, fine grain,
1A353 Chicago Warted Hubbard
Dark green Hubbard shape, 10 x 12", 14 lbs, covered with heavy warts, thick gold flesh, dry, sweet, keeps well, 105 days.
1A208 Tennessee Sweet Potato
First listed in 1847 by New York seedsman Grant Thorburn as
Green Striped Bell and most likely re-named by Burpee in 1883
to Tennessee Sweet Potato. Poor eating qualities, 10-20 pound
fruits are best for extremely long-lasting decorations. Does
well in cooler weather. 95-100 days.
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