Squash, like beans, corn and tomatoes were domesticated in Central America. Seeds have been discovered in the Andes and in Mexico that carbon dated to 8,000 B.C., making squash one of the oldest domesticated crops. Squash spread north into North America and became an important crop for the native peoples living there. To clear up the biology involved, pumpkins are simply round orange squash, regardless of the species. Squash and Pumpkins cross-pollinate readily with other members of their species, but not with different species. Therefore, a spaghetti squash (C. pepo) will cross with an acorn squash or even a zucchini, but not with blue hubbard (C. maxima) or nippon island (C. mixta). So in a small garden you could save seed from up to four varieties provided they are all different species (and assuming that they don't cross pollinate with your neighbor's squash). You can also hand pollinate to save seed from additional varieties.
Packet are $3.00 and contain 20 seeds
(New) Uncle David's Dakota Dessert Squash (C. maxima) - The best buttercup in the land!
Especially bred for sweetness (and is it ever), productivity in cool climates, and thick flesh/small
seed cavities. The deep orange flesh bakes to a smooth and fluffy consistency with a rich and
pure flavour perfect for pies, sweet breads, and the main dish - arguably better than the best pie
pumpkin! Slightly smaller than the average buttercup at 2-5 pounds, with each vigorous vine
producing many fruits.
(New) Waltham Butternut (C. moschata) - The classic butternut. Winter storage par
excellence; thick straight necks with small seed cavities; thin tan skin with bright orange fine-
textured flesh; nutty and sweet flavour ideal for soups; uniform large fruits (4-8 pounds) on
(New) Crown Pumpkin (C. maxima) - A variety I brought home from New Zealand in 2011.
Over there what we call squash they call pumpkin ("butternut pumpkin" for example!), and this
is one of the most popular types and what you’d likely get if you asked for pumpkin in a grocery
store. Very sweet, dry, dark orange flesh inside the lightly ribbed, round, grey-skinned fruit. This
one is a fantastic storage squash, and isn't even at it’s peak for eating until several months after
harvest. Prolific sprawling vines. Limited Supply - 15 seeds
Nippon Island (C. mixta) - This Japanese cushaw squash averages 7 pounds. Fruits are dark
green, with occasional streaks of orange. The yellow flesh is great in soups, it’s not a very sweet
squash so makes a delicious savoury soup base. They’re also good fried. This variety was
introduced to North America in 1884 by Samuel Wilson on Pennsylvania. Probably the most
unique feature of this squash are the natural markings and scratches on the seed coat, which
resemble calligraphy. Each seed is like a unique work of art.
Sweet Dumpling (C. pepo) - One of my personal favourites. A small, flattened squash (imagine
a cross between delicata and acorn) produced very heavily on compact, bush vines. Sweet, dry
flesh with a distinctly chestnut taste. One squash is the perfect size for one person, I like to half
them and bake them. The skin is tender enough to eat too.
White Bush Lebanese (C. pepo) - Lebanese summer squash are light green, round and oblong.
These are prolific producers - delicious when small and tender or perfect for stuffing when
allowed to fatten up a bit.
Long Pie Pumpkin (C. pepo) - A remarkable pumpkin, resembling an overgrown dark green
zucchini when pulled from the field, with an orange spot where the fruit had been resting on the
ground. The skin turns a brilliant orange in storage... these are excellent keepers through the
winter and are even stackable! The elongated shape means less seed cavity per fruit and more
incomparably fluffy sweet flesh. An old favourite from Maine, it's the first to flower and has
Small Sugar Pumpkin (C. pepo) - These are luscious pie pumpkins, with rich and soft textured
flesh for the perfect pie. Half of a pumpkin is enough for one 9” pie.
Table Queen Acorn (C. pepo) - These dark green ribbed squash have dry yellowish flesh. A
favourite for baking with butter and brown sugar and spices. Limited Supply - 15 seeds
Zeppelin Delicata (C. pepo) - The classic delicata, maintained from an old strain of the 1894
heirloom. Ivory coloured with green stripes that turn orange in storage, with that sweet delicata
flavour that can't be beat!
Tromboncino (C. moschata) - A most eccentric relative to the butternut, their rampant vines
produce tan fruits with elongated and curved necks. Grow for a delicately sweet flavoured winter
squash, or harvest when young and green for a delicious summer treat.