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Squash Pink Banana (Cucubita pepo)
Winter squashes are perhaps the most underrated garden vegetable. Easy to raise and grow, this vegetable is practically pest-free. The squashes themselves have a very high food value, second to only carrots for vitamin A. They have a unique sweet taste and a wonderful firm, floury texture. Try them in soups and stews, or roasted around a joint as they are primarily a savoury vegetable. Stored in a spare room they will keep for up to five months.
Pink Banana Winter Squash is an American hertitage variety which has firm, sweet, yellow-orange flesh ideal for baking. It's skin turns pinkish-orange when mature and can have a trailing habit of up to 10ft.
Product Part Number: V12350
When to sow
WHEN TO SOW
April to Mayn under glass or Mid-May to June outdoors.
Where to Sow
Sow seed on edge 1.5cm (1/2"") deep to prevent rotting in pots or trays during April to May 2.5cm (1"") apart under glass at 20°C (68°F) using good quality seed sowing compost. Sow outdoors mid-May to June direct into growing site 1.5cm (1/2"") deep 2 to 3 seeds in each position 90-100cm (36-40") apart.
What to do next
Greenhouse sowings should be gradually hardened off once they have developed the first pair of rough leaves and transplanted to growing site in late-May to early-June 90-100cm (36-40"") apart once all risk of frost has past. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to one plant per station.
September to October
Fruits store well for use through the winter months. Store in a warm and dry place for up to 5 months.
A good source of Vitamins B1 and E and high in antioxidants.