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Winter Squash of Sun Gold Farm

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Spaghetti Types
Left to Right: 1) Spaghetti, 2) Stripetti Spaghetti, and 3) Small Wonder Spaghetti

1) The Spaghetti squash can also be called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, spaghetti marrow, gold string melon and kinshi uri in Japanese.  When cooked the flesh becomes strands like spaghetti.
2) Stripetti is a cross between a Delicata and Spaghetti squash.  A thick outer skin covers golden stringy textured inner flesh like that of a spaghetti squash.  The squash can be baked or steamed and served as a side dish seasoned with butter, herbs, or marinara sauces.   Stripetti will store for months in a cool dry place.
3) Wonderfully small, the Small Wonder is a personal spaghetti squash.  It usually only weighs 1.5 to 2 lbs.  With creamy yellow flesh, it is well "stranded" -- just slice it in half, steam, and fluff up the "noodles" for a delicious dinner.

 

 

 

 

   

SMALL WINTER SQUASH

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Sweet Dumpling
A round, mini-sized winter squash with a deeply indented stem area. It's skin is white or yellow, with green jagged stripes. It is very sweet in flavor with tender light orange flesh.

Harlequin
A small, acorn-type squash winter squash that has caramel colored skin with dark green stripes. Inside, it has firm, dense orange flesh, with very sweet, good flavour. Eat it baked, mashed, or sauted with the skin on.

Heart of Gold
A fine-grained orange fleshed variety that combines a sweet dumpling with an acorn squash to produce a small acorn shaped vegetable. The outer skin is white colored with dark green stripes. This squash has a sweet rich flavor and the skin is thin.

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Delicata
An heirloom squash with distinctive longitudinal dark green stripes on a yellow or cream colored background and sweet, orange-yellow flesh. It is most commonly baked, microwaved, sautéed or steamed. It may be stuffed with meat or vegetable mixtures. The skin is very thin and the most nutritious part.

Carnival
A type of acorn squash that is cream colored with orange spots or pale green with dark green spots in vertical stripes. The delicious yellow meat is reminiscent of sweet potatoes and butternut squash and can be baked, steamed or sauted. Also great in soups.

Sweet Lightning
Use as an ornamental mini-pumpkin or tasty winter squash. The colorful creamy-yellow, orange-striped, 3 by 5 inch fruits are shaped like flattened acorns and weigh less then 1 pound each. Flavor is very sweet and flesh is smooth and creamy when baked, perfect for single servings.

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Black Acorn
Acorn squash are round, with even grooves around the entire squash. They are mostly dark green, with occasional splotches of orange and yellow. The flesh is a slightly yellowish pumpkin orange.  They are a great all-around squash, with moist, sweet, tender flesh. They are good for roasting, baking, steaming, mashing, and sauteeing.

Cream of the Crop and Butternut
Cream of the Crop is a white Acorn Squash with a light, smooth-textured flesh that is sweet and creamy.
Butternut squash is one of the sweetest winter squash. Its flesh is thick and moist and hides very few seeds; its peel is comparatively thin and easy to peel. Its a versatile squash that roasts, and sautees quickly. Best of all, it mashes and purees smoothly, with no thick strands or fibrous bits, making it perfect for soups.

Kabocha
In Japan it is also called Ebisu Kuri.  It has a dark colored flesh that is very sweet and fine grained.  Can be used for any recipe calling for winter squash.  It is particularly great mashed with seasoning of choice.  Long keeper in a cool dry place.

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Red Kuri
The Red Kuri squash looks like a small, red-orange pumpkin with a pointed end. The flesh is bright orange and has a mellow, somewhat nutty flavor. The flesh is good in soups or baked goods, and the Red Kuri's small size makes it perfect for stuffing and baking.

Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash
This tender, sweet and delicious squash is an heirloom variety from Missouri.  It cooks into a butter soft texture with an unmatched flavor.  It has one of the longest shelf lives also!

Jester
Jester squash are a football shaped acorn squash with scalloped ridges. The texture is smooth and the flavor is sweet.  The skin is thin (and the most nutritious part), so it's great cubed and sauted in olive oil.

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Blue Kuri (left)
The Blue Kuri is a close relative of the Red Kuri.  It has a little thicker skin and some say a little sweeter.  Can be used for all the same purposes.  Soups, stews, breads, baked, steamed, it all makes for a great treat!  Stores very well in a cool dry place.  Carve out like a pumpkin and serve your winter squash soup in it for a tasty treat!

 
     

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Galeux d'Eysines
An elegant French heirloom meaning "embroidered with warts from Eysines" (a small city in the southwest of France).  This stunning squash has beautiful salmon-peach colored skin covered with peanut shell-like warts caused by sugar in the skin. Traditionally used in France for soups and sauces, when cooked, the sweet, orange flesh is as smooth as velvet. Each flattened squash weighs 10-15 pounds.

LARGE WINTER SQUASH

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Sugar Pie Pumpkin
There is no surprise as its name is a yummy giveaway, the Sugar Pie pumpkin is the very best choice for optimum pumpkin flavor. Smooth textured, this prized pumpkin is one of the very sweetest, if not THE sweetest. Just plain delicious! Pumpkins are low in fat, low in calories and provide a wealth of vitamins.  Use this pumpkin for baking and cooking.  Great for cookies, muffins, quick breads, pancakes and bars.  To store, keep cool and dry.   

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Rouge Vif d'Etampes and Moonscape
Moonscape is a great novelty squash that adds unique color to fall decorations. The best part of the squash is that it tastes wonderful and can be used as a carving pumpkin as well.
Rouge Vif d'Etampes is a large winter squash that is a brilliant red-orange color that would be magical enough, but they are also wonderfully round and squat. The combination has given them the nickname "Cinderella pumpkins." The great color continues to it's flesh, which is perfect for roasting and baking.
 

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Sweet Meat
An heirloom variety that is soft grey-green to deep green on the outside. It is orange on the inside and it's size ranges from 5 to 20 lbs. Sweet meats have a smooth, non-stringy textured flesh when cooked and are a favorite for pies and breads.
 

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Pink Banana
Pink Banana squash are cylindrical in shape and imposing in size, reaching up to 2 to 3 feet in length and averaging 8" in diameter. Though the average weight is about ten pounds, a heavy banana squash can weigh up to 40 pounds. Their thick-walled rind, when ripe is salmon pink in color. The flesh: thick, firm, dense and meaty with a true pumpkin orange color. Regardless of the monumental size of the squash itself, its seed cavity holds few and small seeds. The cooked flesh of the banana squash is fragrant, rich and earthy sweet.
 

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Long Island Cheese
Large, flattened, tan-coloured heirloom pumpkin that is traditionally used for pies or decoration. The flesh is orange and moderately sweet.  So named for it's area of origin and appearance.
 
 

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Speckled Hound
The thick, yellow orange flesh is incredibly delicious with a dry texture similar to a buttercup squash.  It is also the perfect addition to your ornamental winter squash display.

Red Warty Thing
A crazy name for this unique looking squash.  It has a hubbard type flesh that is great for eating as well as the obvious decorating value.  Recently renamed, it was originally introduced as 'Victor' by James H. Gregory in MA in 1897.

Queensland Blue
This popular Australian heirloom was introduced to the US in 1932 and is sometimes called the Australian Blue Pumpkin.  With a flavorful, sweet golden colored flesh, it is a great tasting roasting and soup winter squash.  Each weighs 10-15 pounds and can be stored in a cool, dry location for 1-6 months.

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Baby Blue Hubbard
Developed in 1953 by the University of New Hampshire, this hubbard shaped fruit has fine-grained, yellow-flesh.  While sweet and of excellent culinary quality, it's shape and color is very pleasing to the eye.

Turk's Turban
Also known as French Turban, this heirloom squash predates the 1820s. Closely related to buttercup squash in flavor and quality, it also has beautiful decorative values.
 

 

Flat White Boer Ford
This heirloom squash from South Africa has a unique shape and very sweet flesh.  It's brittle shell is much easier to open than other squash.  A great long storage squash as well!  It will keep it's color throughout storage and sweeten with time.

     

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Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin
An heirloom variety with fantastic cooking quality. This marvelous, small pumpkin has a unique, netted skin.  Doing double duty, Winter Luxury is not only a gorgeous ornamental, but is also superb for eating.

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Kakai Pumpkin
After displaying the pumpkins this fall you can scoop out the large, dark green, completely hull-less seeds and roast them.  They are delicious!  Seeds are full of oil that is said to have many health benefits.  This marvelous pumpkin comes to us from Japan.

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Porcelain Doll
These eye catching squash have been bred to support the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation in fighting breast cancer.  A portion of the seed cost is donated to this cause.  Display as a decoration and then enjoy its sweet flesh in pies, soups and other gourmet creations!

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Musquee De Provence
This is a traditional variety from southern France.  These gorgeous, big flat pumpkins are shaped like a big wheel of cheese, and are heavily lobed and ribbed. The skin is a beautiful, rich brown color when ripe. The flesh is deep orange, thick and very fine flavored.

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Indian Doll
This exotic pumpkin features great tasting, sweet flesh and is perfect for autumn decorations. Indian Doll’s deep-orange flesh can be used for pies, soup, and gourmet culinary delights.
 

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Guatemalan Blue Banana
Grown by South American Indians over 1000 years before Columbus. Inside is deep orange flesh with a smooth texture and delectable sweet, fruity flavor. Try it roasted or baked, whole or in slices, fried, or pureed for pies and soups.

 Ornamentals

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Ornamental Corn
(left to right: Small Ornamental, Strawberry, and Large Ornamental Corn)
Decorating has never been easier!  The colors stay vivid for years.  We have been told that hanging corn on your door is a sign of a great harvest season. 

 

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Autumn Wing Gourds
These fascinating gourds are purely ornamental.  They have an extreme bitter flavor on the inside but are eye-appealing on the outside!  They will last until well after the holiday season.