SQUASH & PUMPKIN INFORMATION SHEETS

Summer Squash Varieties

Bossa Nova

Bush Type

This new squash hybrid has a different look that catches the eye. The flesh is smooth with a sweet mild taste. The compact plant produces fruit two weeks earlier than other squash in this class. Bossa Nova is more 

disease and virus resistant than

 many other squash. 

Early Bulam

Vining Type

 A Korean summer squash hybrid nicknamed avocado squash because of its appearance. A vigorous vine that producing 

oval fruit with thin, glossy, light green skin, and flesh that is similar to zucchini. Harvest as soon as 8 days after flowering. Ripe fruits measure about 4" in diameter, are 5-6" in length, and weigh about 14 oz. 

Teot Bat Put

Vining Type

Summer squash with glossy deep green skin, light yellow flesh, and a wonderful, sweet flavor. Often called avocado squash because of its shape. It has moderate plant vigor, it is easy to grow and has good fruit set due to short internode spacing and a narrow stem. Ripe fruits measure about 4" in diameter and about 6" in length.

Early White  Scallop

Bush Type

This squash variety is often referred to as “White Patty Pan”. It is an extremely old squash variety that predates the commercial seed trade, dating back to the early 1700’s. The plant has bush style growth producing pan shaped, scalloped, green fruits that turn white as they ripen. Fruit are typically 6 to 8 inches across.

Winter Squash & Pumpkin Varieties

Long Island Cheese

Vining Type

A longtime favorite on Long Island, very popular for pies. Flat, lightly ribbed fruit looks like wheels of cheese, with buff-colored skin. A very good keeper, of excellent quality, 6-10 lbs each; a beautiful heirloom variety.

Spaghetti Squash

Vining Type

This Japanese strain open-pollinate variety has spaghetti-like flesh after it is boiled or baked. Harvest when fruit reaches 6"- 8" in diameter. For a low-calorie "pasta" meal, bake or boil, then fork out the yellow flesh and serve with spaghetti sauce.

Winter Luxury

Vining Type

Introduced in 1893, often called Livingston’s Pie Squash. 

Fruits average 6 pounds. The orange rind is covered in delicate netting; flesh is smooth, sweet, and fiber-free. It's not the best keeper, so enjoy it by Thanksgiving. 

Connecticut Field Pumpkin

Vining Type

The heirloom pumpkin of the New England settlers and Native Americans, several hundred years old. Hefty orange-gold fruit weighs 15-20 lbs each, have a flattened bottom to keep them from tipping – making them good for carving at Halloween. This is a truly old variety; can be used for pies; the traditional American pumpkin. Noted for dependable yields.

Rouge Vif d'Etampes Squash

Vining Type

Also known as Bright Red Etampes or Cinderella

 

Beautiful French pumpkin introduced in the United States by W. Atlee Burpee in 1883; documented by Vilmorin the same year. Very flattened red-orange fruit with wide ribs, weighs up to 20 pounds. Favored by French chefs for rich soup stock.

 

Matures in 95 days

 

Queensland Blue Squash

Vining Type

An “Australian Blue” squash directly imported into the United States in 1932 from Arthur Yates and Company of Sydney. Dark blue-green ribbed rind with flesh that is meaty, sugary, brilliant orange, and abundant. Striking gray foliage. Late to mature, long shelf life.

 

Matures in 110-120 days

 

Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out. 6-8 seeds per hill, 1-inch deep.

Jack Be Little Squash

Vining Type

This tiny, cute pumpkin weighs just 8 ounces; flat and ribbed. These are a highly popular fall crop. The flesh is good to eat, and the skin is bright orange.

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