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Acorn Squash (Cucurbita pepo)

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Acorn Squash

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80 - 100 days to harvest

Note: The species Cucurbita pepo also includes most of the summer squash as well as gourds

The fruits are dark green with ridges and are acorn-shaped, tapering to point. The flesh is yellow. Acorn squash continue to ripe late in the season and are sweetest when they turn almost bronze. Great for baking. At 1 - 2 pounds per fruit, they make about 2 servings.

Varieties:

  • ‘Cream of the Crop’ (AAS Winner. Good producer and some pest resistance.)
  • ‘Table Ace’ (hybrid-semi-bush; uniform, near black fruit; excellent, low-fiber flesh)
  • ‘Table Gold’ (OP) Compact bush habit, attractive bright golden yellow, may also be harvested as summer squash when light yellow
  • ‘Table King’ (H/OP) Compact bush derived from Table Queen; dark green, color holds well
  • ‘Table Queen’ (H/OP) Old fashioned standard dark green acorn type

H - Heirloom
OP - Open Pollinated

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