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Tahitian Melon Squash (10 seeds) (SQ282) $2.75

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Tahitian Melon Squash

         
 
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(C. moschata) 110 days. This near-legendary butternut-type was one of the first rediscovered heirlooms that fueled the early heirloom movement. Fruits are large, to 40 lbs or more, though 12-20 pounds is more common. The orange flesh is richly fragrant, very sweet and delicious--so sweet the juice caramelizes when baked--one of the sweetest squash anywhere! Fine for use in pies, soups or desserts, and keeps for up to nine months. Has been known to produce as much as 100 pounds of squash per plant. The plants are rugged and huge.They grow over a wide range of conditions, even in the scorching-hot summers of the Southwest. Introduced by Thompson and Morgan in 1977 from seed grown by our friend Steve Spangler of Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista, California. Steve was among the earliest people to grow Tahitian Melon squash in this country, from seed originally brought from the exotic Islands of Tahiti by a sailor in the 1960s. I remember these from the 1980s Gurney’s catalogs. It helped inspire my dream of extotic seeds and places, a love of cultures and their foods.
 
Tahitian Melon Squash
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 3
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Megan
Location:
San Marcos, CA, United States
Date:
November 26, 2017
          5.0
 
Vigorous Productive Huge
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Huge squash, productive vines

What are the cons? none

Review:

Want to impress your friends and family? Grow this squash! I planted these in my raised beds and the vines have been super hardy and vigorous and have produced several large squash per vine. I can never get things to grow as big as they're supposed to (watermelons that should grow to 40 lbs end up being about 2 lbs....), but even I got a whole bunch of Tahitian Melon squashes that were in the 7 - 9 lb range, which is still huge as far as I'm concerned! None of mine actually grew the crookneck - some vines produced squash that were a more classic butternut squash shape, while others had fruit that were ever-so-slightly ribbed. All of them grew quickly, though, and continued to produce new squash even into the fall.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Courtney T
Location:
Tipp city, OH, United States
Date:
August 31, 2017
          4.0
 
Squash bug snack
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? 100% germination

What are the cons? Pests

Review:

I grew 4 types of winter squash this year, and I have to say that despite regular sprayings of neem oil and bribing my 6 year old to pick as many stink bug/stink bug eggs off as he could find, I was still fighting a losing battle! None of my other squash plants (including summer squash) were effected nearly as badly. Possibly because the party was on the Tahitian melon. They also didn't grow nearly as large as suggested. That being said, they were the first to germinate and produce fruit and the vines easily grew to be 15-20 feet long. I have a couple seeds left and will try again next year, but I won't be holding my breath on a better outcome.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JMT
Location:
Chino, CA, United States
Date:
December 31, 2016
          5.0
 
Great Squash
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Tasty! Lots of it!

What are the cons? Really takes over

Review:

I grew these back in the early 90's. After many years of searching for the original strain (several companies I found called theirs Tahitian Squash but they grew out to be butternuts), I found and purchased some seeds direct from Steve. I am so happy to see Baker Creek now carry them! Everyone I know that likes squash loves this one. Some of ours have gone over 30 pounds. Excellent texture and flavor and with that huge neck, its a lot of squash! The plants are huge and the vines are long. Not many pest issues in my area. Vine tends to set fruit later than our other squash and about the time I think they wont produce they push out a bumper crop. Seeds and seedlings are very cold sensitive and do better when started indoors. Seeds will rot if planted in cool soil. If you have the room for it this is well worth growing. Baked, stewed, even eaten raw (or dehydrated into squash chips) its all good!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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