Winter Squash Varieties
Some of the most common winter squash for the home garden are butternut, acorn, delicata, buttercup, hubbard, true winter squashes, and spaghetti squash. Some cultivars of pumpkins are also considered winter squash, such as the Japanese Pumpkin, or Kabocha.
Winter squash is high in fiber, vitamin A and beta carotene, and is thought to be a food that naturally helps lower blood pressure. Healthy and delicious!
Butternut (C. Mopshata) is a wonderfully rich squash, typically with a hard tan rind. It is ready to harvest in about 80 to 100 days.
- Butterbush will take up less space in your garden and gives small fruit, around 2 pounds.
- Ultra produces a large fruit, up to 10 pounds.
- Supreme has a very sweet flavor.
Acorn squash (C. Pepo) is a deliciously sweet squash that usually has a green rind and a light orange flesh. It takes around 80 days to harvest.
- Ebony has a darker rind than most varieties.
- Table Gold is a compact plant suitable for small gardens.
- Cream of the Crop has very smooth and sweet flesh.
- Table Queen is a standard sized acorn squash.
Delicata squash (C. Pepo), is a smaller, elongated squash with a sweet flesh. Delicata also goes by the name of “Sweet Potato Squash.”
- Sweet Dumpling is a slightly flattened version of the Delicata.
- Sugar Loaf is very sweet and oval shaped.
- Honey Boat is shaped like the typical Delicata but has a very sweet flavor.
True Winter Squashes (C. Maxima) are available in numerous tasty varieties. True winter squash can be small, like Gold Nugget (at 2 pounds), or quite large, like Banana squash, which can grow up to 30 pounds. There are also several bush types for the gardener with limited space.
- Buttercup is a sweet squash that grows to about 4 pounds.
- Emerald Bush Buttercup is a bush type variety of the Buttercup squash.
- Gold Nugget is one of the smaller varieties of true winter squash. It maxs out at around 2 pounds. It is a bush type squash for it’s appropriate for gardeners with limited space.
- Banana are long, thin squash that can grow up to 30 pounds. They vary in color from pink to grey.
- Hubbard squashes, such as Golden Hubbard, and Chicago Hubbard are large squash with a bumpy rind. They can grow up to 25 pounds.
- Red Kuri is an unusual squash with an orange rind and flesh. It is small, about 3 pounds when mature.
- Honey Delight is a hybrid that is similar to the Buttercup. It will grow to around 4 pounds.
Spaghetti Squash (C. Pepo) have a stringy, spaghetti-like interior that is lightly sweet and tastes great accompanied with spaghetti sauce.
- Pasta is a delicious variety with a creamy yellow flesh.
- Tivoli is a bush type squash suitable for smaller gardens. The fruits will grow to around 4 pounds when mature.
- Orangetti is a semi-bush variety with orange flesh.