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Squashs back online for purchase | New World Seeds & Tubers

Our short list of summer and winter squashes is back online, available for purchase again.

With an inventory of exclusive novelty potatoes and tomatoes, the squashes don’t get as much attention (though we do have a few varieties that are in short supply elsewhere this year). The reason we grow squashes is because they are highly nutritious and “self-store”. You just “cure” them in the sun for a week or so, then store them on a shelf with no further processing.

Unfortunately as we have learned from first-hand experience, winter squashes don’t necessarily store as long as advertised. I’ve realized for a long time now that pepo types (acorns, delicatas, New England pie, etc) do not keep as long as maximas or moschatas, but some people emphasize this point by calling them “autumn squashes” instead of “winter squashes” (that said, I’ve pushed my luck and kept some types until late February with no trouble).

But even many maximas have storage issues; because of large-scale cold storage of other crops, there has not been enough motivation to keep selecting them for long storage, therefor, some don’t store well at all. Often the sellers don’t realize this because they open the squashes and clean and dry the seeds for sale immediately. Also, lacking old-fashioned expectations of storability, many people think that keeping for a few months after harvest means they’re “good keepers”.

We’ve noticed the problem and we’re trying to do something about it, starting with some better keepers, and keeping them selected for long-storage capabilities. We’re currently lining up some interesting and useful varieties for next year.

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