(a.k.a. Delicatessen, Sweet Potato Squash, Delicata Sweet Potato, and Peanut) (Cucurbita Pepo) 95-100 days. Introduced in 1894 by Peter Henderson, this variety remains popular today for it’s sweet, delicious, sweet potato-like flavor. The Delicata Squash gets the nickname Peanut Squash from it’s oblong shape, growing to 7-9″ in length, by 3″ in diameter. This unique squash is highly attractive with its ivory skin, striped with dark green from end to end. The flesh is fine-grained and light orange in color. Delicious, steamed, baked, stuffed, in soups, or in any winter squash recipe. Short prolific vines. A very good keeper.
Planting Instructions for Delicata Winter Squash Seeds
Delicata Winter Squash is a warm season crop, sensitive to frost and light freezes. Start Heirloom / Open Pollinated Winter Squash indoors 3-4 weeks. before last frost date or direct seed outdoors after danger of frost. Plant Winter Squash in full sun. To direct seed, plant 6-8 seeds 1″ deep in 1′ diameter hills, thinning to 3 or 4 plants at the set of true leaves. Or plant Delicata Seeds in rows 1″ deep, 2′ apart. Keep rows and hills 6′ apart. Germination should occur in 5-10 days at 65-85°F. Keep soil just-damp during germination, or seeds may rot. Harvest when Winter Squash rind has hardened and finger nail requires pressure to pierce rind. Leave 2-3″ stem on when cutting from plant for longer storage.