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Summer Squash: Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'

Botanical name: Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'

Common name: squash

also known as (peanut squash, bohemian squash, marrow, zucchini, yellow-flowered gourd, Winter Squash, vegetable spaghetti, vegetable marrow, Summer Squash, summer-pumpkin, pomion, melon-pumpkin, field-pumpkin, courgette, common gourd, autumn squash, autumn-pumpkin, Pumpkin)

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Photo credit: Seeds of Change
Summer Squash: Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'
Summer Squash: Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'
Summer Squash: Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 8a thru 11a

fall interest, bee attracting, edible

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‘Delicata’ was originally introduced in 1894 and has oblong fruits with handsome striped rinds and rich golden flesh with a delicious sweet potato-like texture that kids like. ‘Delicata’ is included in ‘Compact Winter Squash’ (see garden picture), a custom seed blend from Renee’s Garden that also combines equal parts ‘Early Butternut.’ This duo of All-America winners are the best space-saving varieties of nutty, sweet-tasting, vitamin-rich winter squash. Summer squash needs the full growing season to mature properly so it will keep for winter eating. When rinds are tough enough to resist a fingernail, cut fruits from vines with a good stem. Let them cure for 10 days in the sun, then store in a cool dry place. Enjoy ‘Delicata’ quickly as they don’t store too long. The flesh is incredibly sweet and orangish yellow. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Cucurbita pepo is native to North and South America.

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