Sweet Meat – Oregon Homestead

Crop: Squash (Cucurbita maxima)

Use/Type: Winter

Breeder: Carol Deppe Fertile Valley Seeds

OSSI Pledge Date: January 2015

Release Date: Before 2015

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


110 days. Bred for organic systems. This line of Sweet Meat represents my reselection of the Oregon heirloom for all its traditional virtues—sweet thick dry flesh of unsurpassed flavor, fruits 12 – 25 lbs, huge delicious seeds, long storing, and ability to germinate in cold mud and grow vigorously in cool weather. (These characteristics have largely been lost from the current commercial lines.) Cure indoors at least one month. Oregonians traditionally open their first Sweet Meat for Thanksgiving. Gets sweeter and more delicious in storage. Stores at least 6 months. Freezes well. Cooked squash makes good fruit leather. Immature squash left at the end of the growing season make good summer squash and drying squash.

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners