Squashes. Cucurbita maxima (Gallery 1)
The trailing vines produce several highly flavoured fruits per plant. They weigh around 3-10 kg and have a blue-grey skin. The flesh is soft, mild and not too sweet.
This heirloom variety is originally from Hungaria and called “Nagydobosy sütotok”.
The beautiful red-orange fruits have a chestnut flavor. They average 2-4 kg. The flesh is orange, sweet and delicious. A good keeper, from 4 to 8 months.
This variety is originally from Japan. It was introduced in France 30 years ago by the master of the Macrobiotic food system, Mr. Oshawa. It is also known as "Sweet Hokkaido".
It is an outstanding warty variety. The sweet orange flesh of this variety is great in soups. The fruits weigh between 5 and 10 kg. For decorative purposes, it should be harvested before overly mature, because the peanut-like warts continue to grow and will cover the entire fruit. This variety does not keep for long. 90 days.
Very old variety mentioned in France, in 1885, in the book “Les Plantes Potagères” of Vilmorin-Andrieux. It is also known as "Brodée Galeuse".
This variety produces the largest of the “Hubbard” type fruits which range from 7 to 20 kg. The ribbed and coarsely warted blue-gray-green fruits measure 30 to 45 cm long and are tapered at the end. The flesh is dry, fine grained and yellow-orange with a very sweet flavor. It is one of the best squashes for winter storage. It is very productive and each plant may produce 2 to 4 pear-shaped fruits. The vines may reach more than 3 meters. From direct sowing: 100-120 days.
This New England heirloom was introduced in 1909 under the name "Symmes Blue Hubbard" from the gardener's name of the seedman Gregory. It may be a spontaneous cross between Green Hubbard and Marblehead.
It is a spectacular variety for fall decorations.The brilliant reddish-orange skin is predominately smooth but usually has some rough bumps, cracking and netting. The vines produce 2-3 large fruits which are heavily ribbed and flattened. Their weight may reach 20 kg. This variety has an excellent flavor for pies or winter squash recipes. It is a fairly good keeper. 95 days.
It was first offered for sale in America by W. Atlee Burpee in 1883. It is a very old variety mentioned in France, in the book “Les Plantes Potagères” of Vilmorin-Andrieux. In 1885 Vilmorin reported that this was the most frequently seen squash variety at the Central Market in Paris. Also known as “Rouge vif d’Etampes”. It is a classic pumpkin for Cinderella’s coach in old illustrations! It was perhaps developed from the variety "Jaune de Paris". It was already in cultivation in 1930.
This smaller version of Blue Hubbard produces 4 to 6 smooth fruits with a very sweet flavor and 15-20 cm in diameter. The skin is slate-gray and the flesh bright orange. Each plant produces 2 to 4 fruits weighing 1,5 to 3 kg, which keep very well. From direct sowing: 95 days.
A variety originally from the USA.
An all-time favorite winter squash for its sweetness, creamy texture and flavor. The 3 meters vines yield 3 or 4 fruits. These dark green, turban shaped fruits have thick, dry, orange flesh, and average 2 to 2,5 kg each. They are good keepers (up to 6 months). 95-105 days.
This old heirloom was first introduced in 1919 in USA by Oscar H Will and Co, Bismark, North Dakota. It is supposed to have been developed, after 3 years of selection, from a spontaneous cross between "Quality" and "Essex Hybrid".
The buttercup-shaped fruits are deeply ribbed all around the sides, but flat on the top and bottom. The flesh is thick, orange, semi-sweet and has a great flavor. The vigorous vines produce two slate-blue colored fruits which weigh from 3 to 5 kg. It is an excellent variety for winter storage (up to 8 months). 110-120 days.
Heirloom variety introduced in 1932 to the USA from Australia. It was introduced in Vavilov Institute in 1958.
The oblong, teardrop-shaped fruits have very shallow ribs. The flesh is medium-thick, orange, sweet and flavorful. The blue-slate fruits measure around 25-30 cm and weigh 4-5 kg. From direct sowing: 110-120 days.
This heirloom variety is probably a true Native American one. It was obtained from an elderly woman in Van Dinam, Iowa who had grown it for more than 50 years in Missouri. This variety was introduced by Hiram Sibley Company of Rochester, New York, USA, in 1887. It is also known as “Pike’s Peak”.
Each plant bears several fruits of 2-8 kg with a blue-grey skin. They have three lobes and the flesh is pale orange. This variety is an excellent keeper: up to 2 years. It is late maturing. From direct sowing: 135 days.
Heirloom variety originally from Australia. It is also known as " Triamble Shamrock". It was introduced in the Vavilov Institute seed bank in 1964.