(Turk's Turban Winter Squash, Winter Squash)
A classic choice for autumn displays, the festive, multicolored fruits of ‘Turk’s Turban’ are unmistakable. The main body of this squash is flattened and bright red-orange, sometimes marked with dark green streaks. The blossom end bears a prominent, bulbous protrusion striped randomly with orange, green and white. Although used primarily for decoration, this old heirloom is of reasonably good eating quality. It also keeps well. Fruits ripen approximately 110 days from sowing.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Butternut Squash, Cheese Pumpkin, Golden Cushaw Squash, Gourd, Pumpkin, Squash, Winter Crookneck Squash, Winter Squash)
This sprawling, warm season annual vine originates from the Americas, and has been cultivated since ancient times for its fleshy, nutritious fruits. A diverse species, Cucurbita moschata produces squash in a wide array of shapes, sizes and colors. Many of these are pumpkin-like in appearance, however, true pumpkins are actually members of the closely related species Cucurbita pepo.
These vining, tendril-producing plants can grow quickly to a very large size, and are covered...
(Blue Magic Winter Squash, Winter Squash)
This pretty hybrid winter squash produces small, rounded, Hubbard-shaped fruits with attractive ribbing and hard, pebbly, ghostly light blue skin. The dense, sweet, flavorful orange flesh is excellent for roasting and steaming. ‘Blue Magic’ makes an unusual but fun Jack-o-lantern, especially when other oddly shaped or colored winter squash are thrown in the mix! Fruits are ready for harvest approximately 95 days from sowing.
Like many winter squash, ‘Blue Magic’ is derived from the species...
Mark A. Miller
(Early Butternut Winter Squash, Winter Squash)
Winter squash ‘Early Butternut’ produces many large, meaty, pear-shaped fruits with smooth, light tan skin and deliciously sweet, deep, red-orange flesh. This variety has outstanding flavor, and is excellent whether roasted, steamed, or baked into pies. Four to five fruits are borne on each compact, bushy plant, and are ready for harvest approximately 75 to 90 days after sowing.
Butternut squash are derived from the species Cucurbita moschata, a warm season, annual vine originating...
This appealing hybrid winter squash adds pizzazz to fall displays and flavor to the winter table. Pumpkin-like in appearance, the somewhat flattened, medium-sized fruits have unique, tan-colored skin and deeply lobed, dramatically rounded segments. The sweet, bright orange flesh is excellent for baking and cooking. ‘Fairytale’ will keep for several months, and makes a fun and unique Jack-o’-Lantern. It is ready for harvest approximately 110 days from sowing.
Like many winter squash, ‘Fairytale’...
(Futsu Black Winter Squash)
This beautiful Japanese winter squash cultivar produces rounded, somewhat flattened, deeply ribbed fruits with long, curvaceous stems and pebbly, very dark green skin that gradually fades to tan in storage. The golden flesh is dry and moderately sweet with a hint of hazelnut, and wonderful for pies, roasting or steaming. ‘Futsu Black’ makes an unusual but fun Jack-o’-lantern, and looks especially nice combined with other differently shaped and colored squash. It is ready for harvest approximately...
(Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, Winter Pumpkin)
The plump, flattened, lightly-ribbed fruits of this heirloom winter squash have smooth, creamy-tan skin, and somewhat resemble large wheels of cheese. The deep-orange, moderately sweet flesh is delicious for roasting, steaming, or baked into pies. Though not a true pumpkin, ‘Long Island Cheese’ makes a fun and unique Jack-o’-lantern, and adds a beautiful touch to fall displays and decorating schemes. It is ready for harvest approximately 105 days from sowing.
Like many winter squash, ‘Long...
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Bred primarily for commercial growers, this F1 hybrid produces good yields of medium to large butternut squash on vigorous, mildew-resistant vines. The bottle-shaped, thick-necked fruits have smooth, pinkish-tan skin and bright orange flesh. The fruits weigh 3 to 5 pounds (2 to 3 kg) each. This variety grows from seed to harvest in about 105 days.
Like many winter squash, ‘Quantum’ descends from the New World species Cucurbita moschata. These scrambling or climbing warm-season annuals...
This appealing hybrid offers heavy yields of flattened, pumpkin-like squash with pronounced ribs, long curving stems, and unique, deep tan skin. Resembling old-fashioned wheels of cheese, the decorative fruits have tender, sweet, non-stringy, deep orange-yellow flesh which is excellent for pies, roasting or steaming. ‘Rumbo’ makes an unusual but fun Jack-o’-lantern, especially when other oddly shaped or colored winter squash are thrown in the mix! It is ready for harvest approximately 95 days...
(Trombone-shaped Zucchini of Albenga, Zucchetta, Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino)
What a delicious conversation piece! Zucchetta rampicante tromboncino is an Italian heirloom squash that bears remarkable trombone-shaped fruits with long sinuous "necks" and bulbous bases. The smooth, yellow-green immature fruits are like summer squash and delicious eaten sautéed, roasted or steamed. Some say they have an artichoke-like flavor. Mature fruits become quite large and have tan skin surrounding yellowish flesh that can be roasted, though this squash is best eaten young. The rambling...