Blue Hubbard Winter Squash - Heirloom Squash !
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash New England strain (100 days) Introduced in 1909 by Gregory as Symmes Blue Hubbard, in honor of S.S. Symmes, a gardener who worked for his company for many years. Gregory considered it his best introduction, praising its flavor, productivity and storage qualities. The 1917 Gregory catalog said “close your eyes…and you would think you were eating cake.” Bright yellow-orange dry sweet flesh. Each squash will feed a large family because fruits average 15–20 lb, sometimes exceeding 30 or 40 lb. Vines crawl all over the garden. Traditional New England Thanksgiving favorite. Prized also for its large white sweet seeds—delicious roasted. Blue Hubbard has proven effective as a perimeter trap crop for striped cucumber beetles. Completely encircle a main crop of other cucurbits with Hubbard vines, concentrating the pests in the border areas.
How to grow
Tolerates hot weather conditions . Can Start Indoor 4 wk before the last frost , It should be planted early in the spring as soon as the danger of frost is past.
full sun, rich warm soil with good drainage, water regularly. Can also Sow the seed directly and it will germinate within 2 weeks.
Plant spacing the rows should be spaced 6-9 feet apart, and the plants spaced 4 feet apart, in the row. Planting season is late spring and summer.
Approximately 80 days
High in dietary fiber and rich in Vitamin A & C
It is eaten many different ways, such as in stews, cakes, and candies. Some recipes that call for pumpkin allow calabaza to be used in its place. The taste is smooth and somewhat sweet. The flower, is used as an ingredient in quesadillas in Mexican cuisine, and in pupusas in Salvadorian cuisine.
Tea from the leaves of calabaza is used against stomach inflammation and jaundice.
The seeds of Cucurbita species are also used; to immobilize and aid in expulsion of intestinal worms and parasites.
Another application is using the seeds in the treatment of prostate gland disorders.
The Cherokee Amerindians and those from Surinam used pumpkin seed as an anthelmintic and also as a pediatric urinary aid to treat bed-wetting.
Help to prevent common type of kidney stones