Squash/Maxima

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Anna Swartz



About This Variety

Cucurbita maxima
Seeds Per Packet: 30
Price Per Packet: $4.00
Days To Maturity: 90-100 days

Known for its hard shell and for being an excellent keeper, this squash has thick flesh said to taste somewhat like sweet potatoes. It usually grows to 5 to 8 pounds. The story is told that Elizabeth Hubbard, a washerwoman for the Gregory family in Marblehead, Massachusetts, gave her employer the seed for an heirloom squash. J. H. Gregory immediately named the squash "Hubbard," saying that Mrs. Hubbard was "a good, humble soul, and it pleases me to think that the name of such a one had become, without any intent of hers, famous." The Anna Swartz Hubbard was a family heirloom of Anna Swartz, and introduced by the Seed Savers Exchange in 1999.