Squashes. Cucurbita moschata
This squash has a flattened top, and a heavily ribbed, round shape. The flesh is golden color and has the rich taste of hazelnuts. The vine yields 4 to 10 fruits which weigh 1,5 to 3,5 kg. The very dark skin turns a stunning burnt-orange with silver dusting in storage. It is a particularly long keeper (up to 8 months). This variety has a high yield, a unique appearance and an uncommon flavor. From direct sowing: 110-120 days.
Heirloom variety originally from Japan.
Sucrine du Berry
The small oblong bell-shaped fruits are 15-25 cm long. The dark green skin turns yellow and then tan upon maturity or after some time in storage. They weigh around 1-3 kg. The red-orange flesh is sweet, delicious and musky. The fruits keep from 3 to 6 months. Each plant can produce from 5 to 8 fruits.
Heirloom variety originally from Berry in France. This squash was highlighted during the very famous squash fair of Tranzault
Musquée de Provence
The vigorous vines can attain six meters. The fruits are flattened like a cheese but each rib makes a deep convolution. The orange flesh is very flavoured, sweet , thick, and firm. The green skin turns to ochre at full maturity or after some time in storage. The 8-9 kg fruits keep for a very long time. Each plant may bear from 2 to 5 of them. From direct sowing: 110 days.
This heirloom variety is originally from the southern part of France.
Longue de Nice
The very fine flavoured fruits can attain one meter in length! They can be eaten young or at full maturity. Their weight ranges from 3 to 10 kgs and their diameter from 10 to 18 cm. The skin is pale green and ochre at maturity. The orange flesh is firm, slightly musky and slightly sweet.
This heirloom variety is originally from Nice, Provence, in the southern part of France.
The flesh is fine-textured, rich, dry, golden-orange and has a distinctive flavor of hazelnut.The smooth light-tan fruits are botlle-shaped, they range from 1,5 to 3 kg and they are exceptional keepers (up to one year). The vines grow to 2 meters, and produce 4 to 7 squashes per plant. There is a very small seed cavity in the swollen part of the fruit and the rest is solid flesh. This variety is very vigorous and dependable and has an excellent resistance to vine borers and to mildew. It is a very popular winter storage squash of excellent quality. From direct sowing: 85-110 days.
Introduced by Bob Young of Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1970.
The fruits, variously twisted with a bulbous end, can grow up to 1 meter long and may be harvested anytime, from just 10 cm through their full size. They turn from light yellow-green to tan when fully ripe. The flesh is bright orange, rich and is very sweet. The nutty flavor is wonderful. The fruits can be steamed, grilled, or sliced raw. This variety can be grown up a very strong trellis. From direct sowing: 80-100 days.
Heirloom variety originally from Albenga in Italy. It was listed in America by Fearing Burr in 1863. Also known as “Tromboncino” and “Zucchetta rampicante”.
The fruits have very diverse shapes. The flesh is sweet and the skin is a mottled green.
Obtained through Native Seeds in Tucson, Arizona. Originally from Los Capomos, old ceremonial village , north of Sinaloa in Mexico.
The fruits have slightly deep ribs with a skin turning tan when mature. They are 11-12 cm high, 18-20 cm in diameter and weigh from 3 to 6 kg. The flesh is red-orange, with a delicious flavor of carrot and hazelnut. This variety is a good keeper, from 4 to 9 months From direct sowing: 110 days.
It is a pre-1824 heirloom, one of the oldest varieties cultivated.
Pleine de Naples
The vines trail to 4 meters and bear large, oblong and butternut shaped fruits which can weigh 10 to 16 kg and can reach 80 cm. The flesh is bright orange; the flavor is superb, rich and very sweet. The skin is deep green and turns tan in storage. These are beautiful squashes and perfect for areas with warm, long seasons. From direct sowing: 120 days.
A very old Italian heirloom which was listed in America by Fearing Burr in 1863. Also known as “Carpet bag”, “Violin” “Beduin”.