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Organic Sibley Winter Squash

Organic Sibley Winter Squash


 
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HEIRLOOM A drum roll, friends: had we but one winter squash to grow, this would be it. Its flavor is magnificent, texture sublime, productivity off the charts and we still enjoy them in June the following year. Too, we love its Rochester roots.

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Organic Sibley Winter Squash HEIRLOOM A drum roll, friends: had we but one winter squash to grow, this would be it. Its flavor is magnificent, texture sublime, productivity off the charts and we still enjoy them in June the following year. Too, we love its Rochester roots. Released in 1887 by the Rochester Seed Company Hiram Sibley & Company, Sibley was nearly lost from the seed trade for a generation but has thankfully re-surfaced with a fervent following.

Michael Pollan described Sibley's fruit as 'pinched in at both ends and bulging at the waist.' Indeed, its 5-8 pound steel blue fruits rather resemble baby seals. Amy Goldman rates Sibley 'the best of the bananas,' a group she notes as 'top tier' and we agree: its flavor is rich and complex with perfect sweetness and a melt-in-your-mouth texture as if it was baked with coconut oil. The Slow Food Ark of Taste has lifted up Sibley for its remarkable cultural and culinary qualities, as well.

And, too, it is the dream of a storage squash's dream.

In 2015 we had the distinct privilege and pleasure of visiting our dear friend and mentor Patrice Fortier of the marvelous seed company La Societe des Plantes in Quebec. (There is a magical documentary about his work called The Sower; enjoy its trailer here.) There in the center of his kitchen table lay a gigantic and gorgeous Sibley without a thought of rotting. It was June 16th.

So yes we love Honeynut and what we do without Delicata; but we cannot imagine life without the delicious resilience of Sibley squash.

110 days to maturity

Cucurbita maxima

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