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Marina Di Chioggia Pumpkin
SQ133
$3.50
Rating:
97%

95 days. The heirloom sea pumpkin of Chioggia, a fishing village on the coast of Italy, south of Venice. The large turban-shaped fruit is deep blue-green. It is one of the most beautiful and unique of all squash. A perfect variety for market gardeners. The rich, sweet flesh is a deep yellow-orange and of good quality, delicious baked or in pies. The fruit weighs about 10 lbs each and is produced on vigorous vines. Originally from South America, this warty winter squash made its way back to Spain and found its popularity in Italy. This dark orange and sweet fleshed fruit was introduced to Venice in the late 1600s and quickly became a beloved addition to the culinary culture. The network of lagoons south of Venice has been inhabited since the 5th century. Originally the people there fished and hunted small game, harvested sea salt, grew fruit and eventually vegetables. The region became a major source of vegetables for the Venetians once the salt marshes were drained and cultivated. Winter squash became a key staple for the winter months and especially for the poor who could not afford or access meat as readily. The rich, dense Marina di Chioggia, storing for up to six months, filled this winter food gap, and its incredible depth of flavor quickly spread throughout Italy and the world. This beauty of a squash is still served on the canals of Venice, grilled with olive oil by the bargemen and served as a whole wedge. A sweet and savory delight, for sure! Its meaty and sweet texture has also made this pumpkin popular as a filling for ravioli and for making gnocchi.

  • Full Sun
  • Sprouts in 5-10 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-95 Degrees F
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1 inch
  • Plant Spacing: 18-36"
  • Frost Hardy: No
  • Cucurbita maxima

Growing Tips: Direct seed, or set out transplants after last frost date. Don’t let transplants become rootbound; don't disturb roots while transplanting. Needs rich soil. Harvest when rinds become very hard.

Illinois Squash
SQ252
$4.00
Rating:
98%

AMAZING FLAVOR AND PRODUCTION! 95 days. The legendary pumpkin of the South and famously favored by Abraham Lincoln’s family! Also known as White Crookneck Pumpkin, the custardy, dry flesh is outstanding in pies and other traditional squash recipes. The flavor is rich and buttery and subtly sweet but not overly saccharine, which makes it widely versatile. Many old timers prepare the flesh just like potatoes, which is how we like them, just sautéed with a bit of garlic and olive oil. Southerners consider it the standard for pumpkin pie. This big, white fruit is oblong with a few faint small, green stripes, a crooked neck and bulbous bottom. The large vines are vigorous and especially well suited to the south and central U.S. Popular in southern Illinois, often cultivated in cornfields. A Native American squash that has an ancient history. Our foundation seed came from collector Kevin McCarty, who writes that the variety was grown continuously on a particular Illinois farm from 1830 to 1980, the original seed having been provided by Abraham Lincoln’s parents! Indeed, according to historical record, Thomas Lincoln purchased seeds for Cushaw squash at the trading post in Lexington, Ky, took it home and grew it on his farm in Hodgenville, KY. When the Lincolns moved to Indiana and finally, Illinois, their beloved family heirloom Cushaw joined them. Grow this most delectable piece of American history!

  • Full Sun
  • Sprouts in 5-10 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-95 Degrees F
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1 inch
  • Plant Spacing: 18-36"
  • Frost Hardy: No
  • Cucurbita mixta

Growing Tips: Direct seed, or set out transplants after last frost date. Don’t let transplants become rootbound; don't disturb roots while transplanting. Needs rich soil. Harvest when rinds become very hard.

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