I wasn’t planning to grow Delicata again, but I’ve changed my mind. Last night I baked two little squashes grown in my community plot last summer. Fantastic. Sweet and smooth. I’ve never tired this variety and didn’t expect it to be so good. I’m used to Acorn, which has stringer flesh and a squashier taste.
So I’ve edited my planting list yet again. I think I’ll grow Delicata and Butternut this year for winter squashes.
The Delicata seeds I grew this year were from a package my neighbor shared with me labeled “Delicata Honey Boat” from Botanical Interests. This is an open pollinated, heirloom variety so I saved my seeds. I grew two plants last year and got two squashes. I think I’ll put in 4 or 5 plants this year.
Baker Creek’s description:
Honey Boat Delicata
(C. pepo) One of the sweetest squash varieties in existance. Oblong, Delicata shaped squash have tan skin with green stripes. Excellent quality; early. Developed by Dr. James Bagget, Oregon State University.