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Squash 'Delicata'

Cucurbita Pepo – 10 Seeds

Delicata is an heirloom from 1894 by Peter Henderson Co of New York.

It is about 6 inches long and has a cream coloured skin with green stripes running down the length. The skin can be eaten with the flesh once cooked.

Delicata was a popular squash until the great depression but then fell out of favour for a time, re-emerging in the 1990’s and gaining in popularity once more.

We love this squash in a comforting cheesy bake!

The seeds should be sown in 8cm pots in the spring. Plant out when the risk of frost has passed at around 90cm apart. It should be harvested in the Autumn before the first frosts.

Scroll down for the seed story!

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Seed Story

Squash originated in Central America around 8,000 – 10,000 years ago but they were unknown in Europe until the late 16th century.

They are one of the largest and most diverse types of fruits in the plant world. 

Squash is notorious for cross pollination which has resulted in the diverse variety we know today.

There are different types of squash; winter and summer. Winter squashes tend to have harder rinds which assists with storage whereas summer squashes like the courgette have a much thinner rind and grow a lot faster. 

Winter squashes are often vining, long season plants and can be used to help with ground cover to prevent weeds whereas summer squashes tend to be bush plants.

Indigenous tribes in Native America used to use squash as part of the ‘three sisters’ method of planting. This method uses corn, beans and squash. The squash is used for ground cover, the corn is used to support the beans and the beans fix the nitrogen in the soil for the benefit of the corn and the squash.

Did you know that squash flowers are edible? They can be eaten fresh, steamed, fried, baked or stuffed!