Squash, Delicata (Cucurbita Pepo) - 20 Seeds
Weighing in at 1 to 1½ pounds each, these lozenge-shaped loaves are white to cream, with grooves and dark green stripes and flecks. Inside, the flesh is golden-orange, with a central seed cavity. To cook delicata, simply slice the fruit lengthwise and steam or bake it right in its "shell"; it also works well on the grill, because the rind is tough enough to hold together and impart a smoky flavor. The flesh can also be scooped out and pureed or chopped before cooking, of course. It has a nutty, sweet flavor. And you can even roast the seeds like pumpkin seeds!
These delicata squash reach about 7 to 9 inches long and up to 4 inches in diameter, and they arise quite freely on vigorous vines. Delicata has a fabulous storage ability, bringing you great eating all winter!
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•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9
Best sown outdoors after all danger of frost has passed in the spring. Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2-3 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 70-75°. Indoors and out, sow 2-3 seeds per plant, ½ to 1“ deep spaced 24-28" apart and expect germination in 7-10 days and 40-50 days from sowing to harvesting. Thin to 1 plant per spacing, container or cell with scissors.
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves in full sun and very rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Harden plants 4-7 days prior to transplanting by slowly acclimating them to the outdoors. Keep weeded and well watered. Fertilize prior to planting and again every 3 weeks until harvest.
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