(Cucurbita maxima) An American heirloom developed by Budlong Gardens, Chicago, from the original Hubbard-type squash. It was introduced commercially by Vaughan's Seed Store, Chicago in 1894, who described it as “the best of its class, rich in quality, a keeper and thick fleshed - such will sell at sight.” Trailing vines produce large (5.5-6kg), warty, wrinkled, olive green fruit with fine-grained, sweet, orange flesh. Perfect for soup making.
(C. maxima) Australian variety dating back to at least 1930. Produces vigorous vines that can grow up to 8m so, as with all squash of this species, give them plenty of room to ramble. The deeply furrowed, blue fruits may show some variation (green-blue or grey-blue), which is usual for the variety. This contrasts superbly with the vivid orange flesh. Perfect for stuffing, and great in soups or boiled and mashed with butter.