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Gete Okosomin Squash (10 seeds) (SQ317) $6.00

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Gete Okosomin Squash

         
 
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(C. maxima) This is the squash that gained fame online and became known as the “800 year old squash” which, according to legend, seed was found in a “clay ball” at an historic site in Wisconsin. But, other stories state that this squash was found in a cave by the Miami Nation. Whatever the story is, we know that squashes of this type have been grown by Native people in North America for hundreds of years and likely came from the Guatemala area, possibly over 1000 years ago. This fabulous Native American squash first came to our attention in 2015, at the 5th annual Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California. The magnificent fruits run about 2-3 feet long and weigh up to 18 pounds. The color is a rich, bright orange, with lighter orange striping running the length of the banana-shaped fruits. The surface is mildly bumpy; the overall appearance is amazingly beautiful. Gete-Okosimin also proves to be delicious--sweet, with hints of melon, and possessing a wonderful smooth texture. We thank Roger Smith for bringing this squash to our attention.
 
Gete Okosomin Squash
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 10
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

90.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Alberta Gardener
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date:
January 19, 2018
          2.0
 
Good Keeper Bland Taste
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? good keeper, beautiful colour

What are the cons? bland taste

Review:

I was given a gete-okosomin by a friend. I was really happy to receive it as I like many was intrigued by the story behind the rediscover of this beautiful squash. It is a great keeper - it was harvested in the Fall (September or so), I cut it open in January and it was still firm and without blemish. As for preparation I cubed and baked it in a casserole dish with some coconut oil and a sprinkling of sage and garlic powder. I have found this method of preparation really brings out the flavour of different varieties of squash. Nothwithsanding this I found the gete-okosomin to be very bland. The texture is smooth and creamy but it is irredeemably bland for taste. I have saved some seed and will definitely try it again next season. If I get the same result I will drop it for a more flavourful variety.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sarah
Location:
Modesto, CA, United States
Date:
January 4, 2018
          5.0
 
A Joy to Grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Lovely flavor, fast grower

What are the cons? Takes a lot of space

Review:

This variety of squash was a delight to grow. I implemented it into my three sisters garden for 2017, growing it alongside blue hopi corn and aztec cave beans. It was undoubtedly the star of the garden. It was vigorous and bloomed like crazy, which not only led to more fruit but attracted bees to my garden. We had so many squash flowers we wound up frying them for a summer treat. As with all squash, be aware that they do not like intense summer heat. The plant suffered a bit in the mid-July heat of California, though we expected as such and dealt accordingly. Harvesting the fruit was exciting. We had so much squash we were giving it away. It lasted a long time as well. We harvested in September and it was still fresh and ready when thanksgiving came around. The flavor is mild, sweet, and unique. Juicier than pumpkin. What an honor to be able to grow a variety brought back from the dead. I will grow it again in the future.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Farmer Phyl
Location:
Yakima WA, WA, United States
Date:
October 20, 2017
          5.0
 
high yields low work
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? high yield easy to grow

What are the cons? none

Review:

This was the first year growing this variety in zone 5. Allowed 100 square feet (vines growing outside that bed were cut off), grew with blooming buckwheat to bring in pollinator and predator insects, only used compost and mulch, total yield was 402 pounds. Most of the fruits were 20-25 pounds. The shape of the fruits requires less space for storage as they stack better than round. The flavor was good but maybe slightly less sweet than butternut, texture was very creamy and smooth. Not sure how long they will store. Saved seed for the local seed library. Would definitely grow again!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
AUNT JAM
Location:
CALGARY, Canada
Date:
October 2, 2017
          5.0
 
AMAZING PRODUCTIVITY BIG FRUIT
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? OVER 70 LBS OF SQUASH, 1 PLANT

What are the cons? NONE!!!

Review:

Great flavor, more productive than any other winter squash (have grown 35-40 varieties) with some of them maturing at OVER 8 LBS less than 90 days from transplant. Some matured over 14 LBS ( a miracle in Calgary). All this in a climate where proximity to the Rocky Mountains causes chilly nights and short season that frequently prevents maturing of winter squash before first frost!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Upper Lake
Location:
Upper Lake, CA, United States
Date:
September 29, 2017
          5.0
 
Love it
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful , large, healthy

What are the cons? none

Review:

We loved this large squash, first time growing it,. grew on a large mound. Healthy , very nice, a winner here. Very excited to note storing qualities.Next year will grow larger numbers..

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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