(Cucurbita. 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. This variety is now widely commercially available, so this will be its last appearance in the HSL Seed List.
(C. pepo) Deserving of its name, this sprawling, bush type produces a proliferation of small, sunny yellow patty pans. The succulent, scalloped fruit, often seen in expensive imported supermarket packs, are excellent sliced and steamed and when mature make great individual stuffed dishes. Cheers up the veg patch no end! This variety returned to the National List in 2020 and will be commercially available again, so this is the last time we will be offering it.
(C. maxima) A bush variety that reliably produces tennis ball-sized, dark green to purple fruits with orange flesh. For either summer or winter use, as it eventually develops a hard, waxy rind. Grew well in trials at Ryton and is an excellent keeper. Smells like melon but has a more savoury flavour.