Bigger Better Butternut

Crop: Squash (Cucurbita moschata)

Use/Type: Winter

Breeder: Carol Deppe Fertile Valley Seeds

OSSI Pledge Date: 10/13/2016

Release Date: January 2017

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


This is a dehybridization of Ultrabutternut HP Hybrid. Up to 15 lbs. Most are 8 – 12 lbs. Selected for long, thick necks (straight or curved) and large size. Very early for a butternut this size. Finishes reliably in Corvallis, Oregon, even though Waltham, which is smaller, does not. Cure for a month. Very long storing. Can be stored stacked in piles. Vigorous vines. Some plants have mottled leaves, some solid; I am leaving both leaf types in the variety. Use tip: If you chop off what you need of the neck, let the cut end of the fruit “bleed” for a few minutes, then spread the resinous juice over the cut end with a clean finger to seal the fruit, the rest of the fruit will store for several days at room temperature without drying out or molding. You just chop off what you need for each meal. This characteristic of butternuts makes big butternuts practical even for the small family. And big butternuts have considerably less waste in prep and are more efficient to harvest, store, and prepare than small ones. The long-neck butternuts are the premiere squash for using raw by cutting skin off neck rounds for salads or roasting or making soups, stews, or stir-fries. Bred by Carol Deppe, Fertile Valley Seeds.

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