Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sweetmeats Squash

This past Thanksgiving, Gene's mom had a different kind of squash for dinner. She said it was a Sweetmeats squash. It tasted so good. And so sweet. The color was unbelievable. So bright. She had an extra one, and gave it to our family to take home.

It was so unusual looking to me. I couldn't get over the blue/green/gray color. I sat it out on a shelf by the back door. It sat there until Christmas. It was easy to cook, and tasted just as wonderful as it had at Thanksgiving.

I saved some of the seeds, hoping that it was an heirloom squash. (Heirloom, meaning the squash would grow true to the parent plant. Rather than hybrid, meaning it might not). A little while ago I checked out a book called Heirloom Vegetables by Benjamin Watson from the library hoping to find the squash within it's pages. It wasn't. I looked up the name Sweetmeats Squash online, and found it. (Scroll down the page a little here for a picture and find more seeds here.) EUREKA! Heirloom, open-pollinated.

I planted the seeds in small pots a week or so ago. And they've decided to grow! I gave some seeds to my grandpa (and to some of you) just to be on the safe side. I'll be replanting them into the South garden sometime soon. Now we just get to wait and see...

6 comments:

Saddie and Levi said...

Yum yummy yum! I LOVE squash of all colors, shapes, and sizes! I hope your plants grow grow grow and we can steal some of your sweetmeats. Good luck!

saskia said...

I love squash, I have never had that kind. YUMMY! I know what you mean by your comment, thanks for being understanding. Sometimes we just have to be faithful and patient.

JILLIAN said...

NOT ONLY IS YOUR BLOG INTERESTING , BUT IT IS VERY INFORMATIVE.
I HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYBRID AND HEIRLOOM. SO THANKS FOR THE GARDENING TERM LESSON. I TOO LOVE SQUASHES BUT WE USUALLY ONLY GROW THE YELLOW CROOK NECK.

HAPPY GARDENING!

Anita Day said...

Rayn, The squash seed image is brilliant. I love it! You are a very good photographer. Keep shooting!

JILLIAN said...

DID I MISS IT OR WHAT WAS THE PROJECT YOU WERE MAKING A FEW POSTS BACK?
YOU CAN'T JUST START SOMETHING AND LEAVE ME HANGING.
I AM STILL GUESSING APRONS.

Kendra said...

Good luck! If it pans out, I would love some seeds next season!