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Kabocha/ Buttercup Squash Cultivar Evaluations

Posted: April 2, 2012

Take a look at the results of our 2010-11 kabocha and buttercup squash cultivar trials.

This evaluation was funded by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Research and Marketing Board. For complete trial methods and results click here.

In 2010-11 we evaluated kabocha and buttercup types of squash cultivars in a conventional system in three locations across the state: in central PA at the Russell E. Larson Research and Education Center in Rock Springs, in eastern PA at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Landisville and in western PA at Beinlich Farms in 2010 and Harvest Valley Farms in 2011.

In general the cultivars evaluated were beautiful and largely unique from each other. It is difficult to make recommendations because ornamental value and flavor may be a larger consideration in selecting these types. However, ‘Red Kuri’, ‘Sweet Mama’ and ‘Sun Spot’ are recommended based equal or higher yield than ‘Sunshine’.