Thursday, October 22, 2015

Delicata Winter squash

Today I bought seeds for  Delicata Winter squash, (Intro 1891)  80-100 day
It is an heirloom squash, they say it tastes like a sweet potato. I paid $1.80 for 3.5 oz (79) seeds total.

Fruit is around 3 inches across and 6 inches long.the skin of Delicata is tender and edible, unlike other winter squash variety.

The Cornell Bush Delicata requires only 4 square feet of garden space, but if growing vine type Delicata squash, allow at least 20 square feet of space.
The bush plant will attain a height of 10-12 inches with a 24- to 28-inch spread.
I think I have the vine type

To test Delicata for readiness, press a fingernail against the skin. When the skin is hard, remove the fruit from the plant with pruning shears, keeping about 2 inches of the vine attached. Although its storage life is a little shorter than hard skinned varieties, Delicata can be stored for about 3 months at room temp in a cool, dry area (50-55 degrees F/10-12 C). Or, the fruit can be frozen

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