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Winter Squash, Sonca Orange Butternut (Organic)

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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. Similar in size and shape to standard butternut varieties but with some variation. 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” 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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