C. pepo. Vine type. We believe this is the South African variety. Can be used as both a summer and winter squash. Dark skinned globes with firm butter yellow flesh. Fist sized beauties can be harvested as a summer squash when the skins are tender. Older fruits reach soft ball sized and the skin hardens in their transition to winter squash. Stores fairly well. Afrikaner friends gave our family some seeds when I was a kid. I enjoyed these but my mom didn’t because the taste was too strong. These seeds were a lucky find and I hope they are the Gem squash I remember from my youth. Great roasted, boiled, baked, etc.
I believe they originate from a crossing of two native American C. pepo subspecies.
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- Seed Count: tba
- Collection Date: 2020
- Hardiness Zone: annual
- Height and Width: compact vine
- Germination test type: hand sort
How to germinate Gem squash seeds:
Just like zucchini.