Butterkin squash is one of those rare and exciting events: a new vegetable. A cross between a butternut squash and a pumpkin, the butterkin squash is very new to the commercial market, both for growing and eating. It’s quickly gaining in popularity, though, due to its smooth and sweet flesh. Keep reading to learn more butterkin squash information, including care of butterkin squash plants and how to grow a butterkin squash.
Butterkin Squash Information
What is butterkin squash? As its name suggests, it’s a hybrid between a butternut squash and a pumpkin, and it looks the part. The fruits have the smooth, light orange skin of a butternut and the round, ridged shape of a pumpkin. Inside, the flesh is the best of both worlds-- deep orange, smooth, and extremely sweet. The fruits tend to come in at 2 to 4 pounds (1-2 kg.) in weight. They can be substituted in any recipe that calls for pumpkin or winter squash and are especially good cut in half or into wedges and roasted.
How to Grow Butterkin Squash Plants
Butterkin squash growing, and subsequent care, are basically just the same as with other winter squashes. Seeds should be sown outdoors after all chance of spring frost has passed. The seeds can also be started three to four weeks earlier indoors and transplanted outside when the weather warms up. Squash roots are very delicate, so make sure not to disturb them during the transplanting process. The vines usually grow to about 10 feet (3 m.) in length and will produce one to two fruits each. They’re somewhat susceptible to insects like vine borers and squash beetles. Butterkin squash should be ready to harvest in late summer to early fall and can be stored for up to six months if they’re kept in a well-ventilated place.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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