North Georgia Candy Roaster

Cucurbita maxima

Oblong fruits ripen a pinkish orange with blue tips.

When we found out that our chocolatier pal Lagusta of Lagusta's Luscious uses this variety for one of her autumnal bonbons we knew we had to try it. The unique color and shape make it worth growing alone. The texture is not quite as dry and flaky as C. maxima varieties like buttercup or kabocha, however the dense, creamy texture is superior for baked goods and pie filling. In fact, in our pie taste test, it added a wonderful caramel flavor that was not present in other pies made with other squash varieties. This Southeast heirloom is aptly named: the sweet and dense flesh makes this keeper a real keeper! Stores for up to five months.

North Georgia Candy Roaster is part of Slow Foods US Ark of Taste, a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting, sowing, and growing Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.


30 Seeds $3.99 In Stock

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Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 2-3 weeks earlier.
Transplant in hills 6' apart, three plants per hill, or in rows
36" apart. Harvest when squash have ripened from greenish blue to pink. Cure in a warm spot for 2 weeks.

Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 120 days
Planting Depth 1 inch
Spacing in Row 36 to 48 inches
Spacing Between Rows 4 to 6 feet
Height at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Width at Maturity 6 feet
Sun Preference Full Sun

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