Adaptive Seeds

Winter Squash, Candystick Dessert Delicata (Organic)

$3.80$52.00

Cucurbita pepo. 90 days.

We cannot get enough of this squash. We could eat it nearly every day all winter. A large Honey Boat type with extremely thick flesh and delicious rich flavor. Most delicata have a honey sweet flavor or even a maple flavor, Candystick Dessert has a richer date-like flavor that is truly addictive. Fruit is tan skinned with green stripes, which we find much more attractive than the more common yellow-skinned delicata varieties. Produces both short loaf shapes and long boat shapes. The fruit shape variability is desirable in this instance for genetic diversity and contributes to some added vigor. They keep very well and retain their sweetness better than other squash well into storage. Candystick Dessert was selected for a small seed cavity – more food per squash – so it is not as good for stuffing as Honey Boat. Bred by Carol Deppe of Corvallis, Oregon and author of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties and The Resilient Gardener. She has created the ultimate dessert squash.

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Sow indoors in 2” pots with good potting soil May to June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6 ft wide rows. Be careful not to disturb the tap roots When transplanting. Also can be direct sown in May when soil is warm. Squash plants are frost-sensitive and benefit from row cover to protect them from insects and frost while plants are young.

Seed Saving

To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the ripe fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.

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