Winter Squash

Springfield, Prairies Zone 3, Canada
September 19, 2016
Not what I expected.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0

What are the pros? Prolific; dense flesh

What are the cons? Not sweet


I pollinated a lot of the flowers and culled all but 5 fruits. All were approx. 6-7 lb. each. They are a dark green with none of the light coloured stripes as in the photo above, nor were they curved as in the picture. In spite of a dreadful, cool, nonstop rainy May to mid July, these grew well for me. The soil contained a lot of kitchen slops as fertilizer and all my various squashes were happy as clams. I harvested these the 2nd week of September, when the thick, unusual stems were completely hard and dry. These stems were larger than in the above photo. Cut in half and baked one. Flesh is not sweet, but unusually dry and dense. Tastes acceptable with butter, salt & pepper. I imagine it will make good pie or squares. Now here's the thing I like: the outer shell is hard as rock, just like a gourd, after baking. So, the bottom half is now a bowl sitting on my kitchen counter. Recommended if you want something other than a sweet winter squash.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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