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Cucurbita moschata. This is a beautiful squash from the Yucatan region of Mexico and is locally called Siskun. Seeds were originally collected from the town of Dzidzantún in 1979 by USDA. Plants have small leaves and plenty of 7-8 ft vines. Fruits change color from dark green to black, and to burnt orange at full maturity. Flesh color is tangerine. Fruits are oblate, ribbed, and in early 2017, the heaviest of them weighed a little less than 2 lbs. Rind is thin and easy to cut through. Flesh is sweet and delicious. Plants are prolific.

We grew our plants from USDA’s germplasm collection orno 284710. Our special thanks go to John Swenson of Seed Savers Exchange who introduced Siskun to us, and Dr. Bob Jarret who shared seeds for it.

Each package contains 15 seeds

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  1. daniel conrad

    daniel conrad

    Grew Siskun in Kentucky, 2018. From started seed to harvest took right at 120 days(Started seeds first of May, harvested first fruit at the beginning of September). Plants were very tolerant of the hot humid conditions of Kentucky’s summer weather. As with other Moschata varieties I had very little issue with pests.

    Squash matured to about 2.5lb-3.5lb. Color ranged from dark peach to a dark copper with dark green patina. Fruits are shaped beautifully concave on top, convex on bottom.

    Seed cavity is small and filled tight with seeds. Seeds are slightly larger than my butternut. Will likely be good for roasting snacks.

    Flesh is a vibrant orange color, fragrant and sweet. Flesh was easy to carve and roasted well. Once roasted the flesh separates from the rind with ease.

    Made a wonderful pumpkin pie and had a strong pumpkin flavor. Very pleasant, a hit with the family.

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