Squash - Calabaza de Castilla - Musquee de Provence or Fairy tale Squash (Cucurbita moschata Calabaza de Castilla) Winter Squash Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable
Calabaza squash is a winter squash, and harvested in the summer, but reaches its peak in the fall and winter months. This winter squash (pumpkin) variety has a rustic light brown color, with a rich deep orange fruits and a hard skin; each fruit weighs in at about 15 to 20 pounds at full maturity. The rinds are brown, with deep ridges overall.
This winter squash is also known in France as Musquee de Provence or Fairytale Squash, and has very vigorous lengthy vines, growing sometimes up to 50 ft in length.
The flesh is perfect to make your Calabaza en tacha, Mexican candied pumpkin and creamy pumpkin pie filling, and is considered one of the best tasting squashes as they are sweet and delicious. Slow roasting is the perfect method for bringing out all the deep deliciousness of this variety.
- Full sun
- Warm soil is essential, 70 F.
- Sow seeds 2 cm (1″) deep. Sow 3 seeds in each spot where you want a plant to grow, and thin to the strongest plant. Space summer squash 45-60 cm (18-24″) apart in rows 90-120 cm (36-48″) apart.
- Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall.
- Calabaza squash plants have a relatively long growing season and are extremely frost tender.
- In cold climates, seeds should be sown in the spring as soon as all chance of frost has passed. In reliably frost-free areas, they can be planted anytime from late summer to early spring.
- The plants are very heat tolerant.
- 100 to 110 Days to full maturity.
- Seed Count: 20