Winter Squash, Sonca Orange Butternut (Organic)
Cucurbita moschata. 100 days.
With orange skin occasionally marbled with green, and exceptionally dark orange flesh, this is one unique and beautiful butternut. Sonca Orange Butternut is by far sweeter and smoother than any other butternut we have ever eaten. Our experience is corroborated by Jo’s son, Cole, who thinks it is utterly delicious, and by a Polish message board, “Sonca fully mature is just the sweetest and most delicious.” (Thanks, Google Translate!) Also good raw. Mostly similar in size and shape to standard butternut varieties, but there is some variation in shape. A commercial Hungarian variety, Sonca is short for Soncatök, which translates to ‘ham pumpkin’ in Hungarian. It came to us via Lieven David, who has been growing it for nearly 20 years in Belgium.
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.