Winter Squash, Gill’s Golden Pippin (Organic)
Cucurbita pepo. 85 days.
Small, orange, acorn-type fruit are an ideal size for single-serving winter squash. This variety shuns the stereotype of acorn squash being bland. Five times more flavorful than most acorn squash, but about half the size. We often get good feedback from commercial growers about Gill’s Golden Pippin’s productivity and flavor. We are also impressed with the fruit set per plant – sometimes more than 10 fruit. With moderate fruit size this variety is ideal for those who love winter squash, but only want to cook a small amount at a time. Some larger fruit are big enough for stuffing. We found Gill’s Golden Pippin was best simply cut in half and served roasted as a side dish (though usually one person would eat two halves). Its bright color and deep lobes are very attractive and make good decorations as well. Developed in the mid 20th century by the Gill Brother’s Seed Company of Portland, Oregon.
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6′ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from frost and insects.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.