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Cucurbita maxima


Gete-Okosomin

What a beautiful squash! We had a small patch of these in 2018 that produced a couple dozen fruits, and we are now blessed with an abundant seed supply of these massive squash. All summer long these had my attention, as the vines got quite big, then as the small pale yellow elongated babies started to appear, and then as those babies kept growing and growing! Our fruits ranged from about 2 to 3 feet in length and weighed from about 8 to 25lbs. We had many fruits weighing 24lbs, and the remainder weighing between 10 and 15. Make sure you have plenty of mouths to feed for one of these squash. Or, prepare it the traditional way and dry the squash to preserve it. The squash flesh is thick and brilliant orange. This variety comes from the Miami Nation (territory that is now identified as Indiana, southwest Michigan, and western Ohio) and has been grown by their people throughout the past 5000 years. The current name for this squash comes from an Indigenous language and means “really cool old squash”!

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 15 seeds
Blue Kuri

Blue Kuri is a flattened globe shaped kabocha winter squash with blue-grey skin and sweet thick dry flesh. 2-3lb fruits keep well.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Rouge vif d’Etampes

Rouge vif d’Etampes is the European pumpkin. Cinderella’s coach was one of these large red-orange ribbed flattened fruits. In Europe, pumpkins are used to make cream soup.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Mandan

Mandan has large orange fruits with sweet dry flesh and plump tasty seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Red Kuri (Hokkaido)

Red Kuri (Hokkaido) is a beautiful orange-red, teardrop-shaped hubbard squash from Japan. May be a bit of crossing in this variety.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Blue Ballet

Blue Ballet is a medium sized grey green hubbard squash with fine textured sweet flesh.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Black Forest

Black Forest is a newer squash that looks similar to Buttercup but it is smaller with a smaller bump on the bottom, and has very dry flesh.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Buttercup

Our favourite squash is Buttercup (NDSU, 1932), the dark green squash with the bump on the bottom. The flesh is thick, dry and sweet.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
Gold Nugget

Our earliest variety is Gold Nugget (AAS 1966), an orange-fleshed squash with softball sized fruit from North Dakota State University (NDSU). It is a bush squash, producing 5 or 6 fruits per plant. The fruit should keep 3 to 4 months, however, we have had fruits keep for up to a year (the ones cut open in the photo).

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 24 seeds
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