[NAFEX] off topic--pumpkins squash

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Fri Apr 9 21:32:19 EDT 2010


Today I sent for 50 Sweet Meat squash seed from E-bay.  I'll try to
buy Potimarron.  There has been a timber wolf hanging around, saw it
twice and heard it howling last night.  Supposedly, they don't bother
little kids but I have doubts about its intentions.

---- Original Message ----
From: skkewing at yahoo.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] off topic--pumpkins squash
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 15:32:57 -0700 (PDT)

>I'll second a vote for Sweet Meat squash and add one for butternut,
>buttercup, Jarrahdale, Blue Hubbard, Glaleaux de Eysinnes (pardon my
>spelling, don't have a catalogue handy!), Queensland Blue, etc..
>
>But my absolute favourite is Potimarron (The Cottage Gardener and
>Seed Savers Exchange usually carry it).  It translates from French as
>'Chestnut pumpkin' and it has to most amazing flavour!  It isn't a
>huge squash for me and is usually a 6" red-orange hubbard shape. 
>Potimarron bakes and stores very well.
> 
>I also tried planting direct and transplanting a number of different
>kinds of squash, but with totally different results.  My transplants
>had smaller leaves to start with, but they had the first flowers and
>produced way more squash that actually ripened in our short season. 
>But I only start mine inside 3-4 weeks before set out because they
>hate to have their roots disturbed which could explain why yours may
>have been stunted.
>
>Sarah 
>zone 3
>Edmonton, AB
>
>
>--- On Fri, 4/9/10, Lon J. Rombough <lonrom at hevanet.com> wrote:
>
>> From: Lon J. Rombough <lonrom at hevanet.com>
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] off topic--pumpkins squash
>> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Received: Friday, April 9, 2010, 6:09 PM
>> At this moment I still have Sweet
>> Meat squashes in storage.  They make the finest pudding
>> (think pie with no crust) of anything I've used.  I've
>> set started plants out and planted seed at the same time,
>> and at the end of the season the seeded plants had
>> outperformed the started plants, and all the squashes from
>> each group were mature simultaneously.
>> I save my own seed of Sweet Meat.
>> -Lon Rombough
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>> On Apr 9, 2010, at 10:46 AM, Michael Dossett wrote:
>> 
>> It's been interesting to see what people's opinions are on
>> this.  The small sugar pumpkins tend to be much better
>> than the jack-o-lantern types when it comes to pie, but I
>> think even they are beat by other squashes.  I'm a
>> little surprised to hear so many saying butternut as I've
>> never been a huge fan of the butternut flavor in my pumpkin
>> pies (though the texture is fantastic and I have had some
>> butternuts that were awfully good).  I would second
>> blue hubbard as being excellent, but it tends to need a long
>> season.  My absolute favorite for pies would have to be
>> sweet meat, hands down.  Unfortunately it is sometimes
>> harder to find seeds for them as a lot of the major catalogs
>> don't seem to have it.  Territorial seeds carries it,
>> as well as "sugar hubbard" a sweet meat x blue hubbard
>> hybrid.
>> 
>> http://www.territorialseed.com/product/7517/s
>> 
>> I started my sweet meat seeds indoors last weekend :-)
>> 
>> 
>> Michael
>> 
>> 
>> Michael Dossett
>> Corvallis, Oregon
>> www.Mdossettphoto.com
>> phainopepla at yahoo.com
>> 
>> 
>> --- On Thu, 4/8/10, Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>> > From: Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>
>> > Subject: [NAFEX] off topic--pumpkins squash
>> > To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> > Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7:03 PM
>> > What do you recommend for pumpkin pie
>> > and bakery?  Pumpkins or squash?
>> > What varieties.  I live in zone 2 so they have to be
>> > short season. 
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