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Squash, Lofthouse Buttercup

  • $4.00


Cucurbita maxima

Selected by Joseph Lofthouse to thrive under subsistence level growing conditions without pesticides nor fertilizers. OSSI-pledged.

The Lofthouse Landrace Buttercup Squash is an early winter squash and has been selected over time for its small size and sweet, dry, spicy flavor. Squashes weigh around 2-3 lbs.

According to William Schlegel, this is one of his ALL-TIME favorite varieties that Joseph has bred and apparently among all over vegetables he has personally grown/eaten! The skins on this buttercup variety are edible! No more peeling! This particular variety allows you to roast the entire squash and then blend it, skins and all, into a puree. 

Squashes are a part of the vast agricultural and culinary legacy of this continent, with indigenous seedkeepers in modern-day Mexico and Central America cultivating some types at least 10,000 years ago. Along with their sisters corn and beans, they spread throughout the western hemisphere through the loving care of Native Americans and by the time European colonizers arrived on the continent, many varieties of squash were being grown by farmers from the southwest to the northeast. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the original stewards of the nutrient-packed, long-keeping, healthy-seed-spawning miracle that is a squash! 

Seeds grown by Titbout's Seeds in Missoula, Montana.

15 seeds.

Directions: Direct sow after last frost. Plants do not transplant well. Seeds will germinate as soil warms.

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75-90 days