Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash, Cucurbita maxima

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Approx: 10 seeds

A flavor favorite for many years, the blocky, dark green, 3 to 5 pound fruits are excellent keepers. Flesh is very thick, deep orange in color, sweet, dry and entirely free from fiber. An heirloom variety.

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Burgess Buttercup squash was introduced in 1932 by Burges Seed & Plant Co. Of Bloomington, Illinois and was the benchmark for may years for al other small winter squash.
Squash were first cultivated in the Americas and brought to Europe by explorers returning with their discoveries. They have been documented as a part of human culture for thousands of years. Different domestication dates and events are recognized within the squash family, resulting in the difference between species groups like winter squash and summer squash.

Days to Germination: 5-10 days

Days to Maturity: 100 days

Full Sun

Height: 12-24 inches

Spread: 96-180 inches

Fruit size: 4-5 lbs

Squash require loamy soils that can retain some moisture, as they do not like to be left too dry for any extended period of time. They require full sun and like a soil that has some organic material in it to draw nutrients from.

Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).

Squash has many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Vitamin A, a & b-carotenes, cryptoxantohin-B, lutein
B-complex vitamins (folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid)
Iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
Amino acid Tryptophan (a health benefiting GABA which is neuro-chemical in the brain).

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