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Tatume Squash (20 seeds) (SSQ127) $2.00
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Tatume Squash

         
 
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A must in Mexican cuisine, and also popular in certain parts of Texas. This old heirloom is picked small and used like zucchini, but these are so much better than standard supermarket zucchini! Round to slightly elongated, flavorful fruit are green in color; vigorous vining plants are fairly resistant to disease.

 
Tatume Squash
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 15
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
brittanyw
Location:
Arlington, TX
Date:
March 1, 2014
          3.0
 
Mixed results
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? vining, prolific

What are the cons? bland, PM problems

Review:

Unique as a vining-type summer squash (although you can pick any winter squash immature for a summer-type squash). Drought-tolerance is one of its main attractions. It matters where you try to grow it, thou. When I planted tatume at the local community garden, it didn't fare well; it was much more susceptible to powdery mildew and the vines died off relatively quickly, especially after it became very hot and dry. On the other hand, when I planted one in my parents' garden, PM didn't seem to affect it much. So I wouldn't recommend growing it in spaces like community gardens where diseases and pests run rampant. Taste-wise, as an immature summer-type squash, tatume was underwhelming. Fairly bland, and texturally similar to eggplant in that it soaked up quite a bit of oil if I tried to saute it. Below average taste; it wouldn't be hard to find a better classic bush type. We have a couple of the mature tatume hanging around, but we haven't tried them yet. I'll report back when we do.

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By brittanyw 1 Mar 2014

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
jmsieglaff
Location:
Oregon, WI
Date:
October 26, 2013
          5.0
 
Easy to grow and tasty
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Early, prolific vines

What are the cons? Harvest quite young!

Review:

We selected this squash for it's vining habit as we wanted trellis growing summer squash. The vines were prolific and climbed well. The flavor is good--but sure to pick young or scoop out the seed cavity or it can be watery. No issues with bugs and out grew mildew into late summer.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By jmsieglaff 26 Oct 2013

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Homesteader
Location:
Easley, SC
Date:
October 12, 2013
          5.0
 
good at any stage
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? out survived other squashes

What are the cons? none

Review:

These lasted longer into the summer than than any summer squash I've tried to grow in SC, i.e. more resistant to our usual squash problems. And this past summer was one of our wettest, cloudiest, and coolest. The mature squashes also can be steamed and the tender flesh easily scraped out. The flavor remains mild and delicious. Next year I'll try them on trellises, as has been suggested. This one is definitely a keeper.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Homesteader 12 Oct 2013

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Emiko
Location:
Turlock, CA
Date:
August 29, 2013
          4.0
 
Northern Ca. grower
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? easy to grow

What are the cons? don't harvest as winter squash

Review:

The first time I grew this I planted it late in August and did not think I would get any harvest. But the squash produced lots of small tender skinned fruit and was absolutely delicious. The following year when I planted Tatume in the early spring, I just thought it was an ok squash to eat nothing special maybe because I harvested them when the skin was tougher like it's going into the winter squash stage. It's very productive and I like the fact that it's round. It's best to trellis the squash at a 45 degree angle for easy picking.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Emiko 29 Aug 2013

3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TXGardener
Location:
Austin, TX
Date:
July 31, 2013
          5.0
 
Id given up on squash in TX
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Versatile, borer resistant

What are the cons? It's big!

Review:

I've tried growing so many different kinds of squash in Texas...pattypans, eight balls, yellow crookneck...with very few exceptions, the squash vine borers killed my plants before I ever saw squash. I'd given up when I read about tatumes. This is the first time in many years I've actually harvested squash. This vine is so vigorous I think it just outgrows the borers. I've harvested it young (great!). For fun, I also harvested some as a "winter" squash. My family really enjoyed it that way and agreed it reminded us of acorn squash. I will probably let the rest of the squash mature as winter squash. If you're confused about when to harvest it as a winter squash (I was), I left mine on the vine until they turned orange and were about the size of a cantaloupe. I grow in a very small footprint, so I grow it under my taller plants and just loop the vines up and over things as it spreads.

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By TXGardener 31 Jul 2013

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