Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Winter squash is harvested late in the growing season when it's fully mature. Rinds should be hard and taste best after cooking. Most winter squash have a vining habit and long fruit storage as compared to the bushy growth habit and shorter shelf life of summer squash.

The Sweet Meat Squash's deep orange flesh is sweet and great for cooking. This delicious heirloom is from Oregon. The Sweet Meat's plant produces fruits that are large and flattened in shape. This variety has a beautiful deep sea blue-green color on its outside with a tender, "meaty" orange inside.

The Honeybaby Squash is an All-American Selection winning winter squash. These 1-2 pound flavorful butternuts have a deep orange flesh and it can be grown anywhere. Honeybaby is a very productive variety of winter squash that produces numerous fruits on a compact plant. These shorter vines grow 2-3 feet in a semi-bush habit showing great garden vigor which results in healthier plants that resisted powdery mildew later into the season, especially in the Southeast. The short, wide fruits are slightly larger with a more sweet, nutty and meaty than similar comparison varieties. Honeybaby is delicious when steamed, baked or made into soups and stews. Plant as soon as soil temperatures reach 65 degrees to ensure maturity in 90-100 days.

The Cream of the Crop is a white bush-type acorn squash that really is the cream of the crop! This variety is white and on the large side for an acorn, weighing in at 2-3 lb. Cream of the Crop is great picked small and used as a summer squash, or can be left to ripen and used for winter storage. This squash is perfect for those who want to grow a garden in small spaces.

The Kikuza is a unique, pumpkin-like delicious Japanese heirloom squash. This variety can grow to be a large 5 lbs. with an orange ribbed rind, with a thick, juicy, spicy and tender flesh. The Kikuza has a wonderful flavor and is great baked or roasted.

The Festival Winter F1 Squash is a beautiful multi-colored, 1-2 lbs. squash with an excellent eating quality that is great for pies and baking. These attractive personal-sized squashes are superior in both flavor and yield! This variety is deeply ribbed and striped with a wide, slightly rounded bottom. The Festival Winter's flesh is peach-colored, similar to an acorn squash but with a sweet flavor and better texture. This squash has a semi-bush habit with an excellent storage ability.