The Q&A Archives: New Jersey Golden Acorn Squash

Question: LTT of New Jersey asked about a squash that could be partially harvested in summer, the remainder left to mature.
The New Jersey Golden Acorn was a squash that advertised just that, and lived up to its own hype. I used this variety until 1986. The small, pale yellow fruits could be harvested and used just like a summer squash (such as straight or crook neck) until they got to be a little larger than golf ball size. In fact, I found them even more tender and mildly nutty than regular summer squash. After they reached the above mentioned size, the color would start to deepen. Picked after that time, they didn't measure up as summer type eating and would actually get a little tougher. They'd mature to a deep orange color for fall harvesting and, though they would not keep quite as long as Table Queen, the flesh would not be at all stringy. Unfortunately, now that I've gotten back into the veg garden mode again, I can no longer find seeds for this genus. Can you help? It was a great squash.

Answer: Wow! It sounds almost too good to be true! Now I want to grow them! You can order seed from D. Landreth Seed Co., 180-188 W Ostend St., Baltimore, MD 21230. Sorry I don't have their phone number, but you can probably find it with the WWW yellow pages. Thanks for introducing me to this variety!

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