As I mentioned in the video I did on August 20 (the day I harvested my Honey Nut squash) I thought they were hybrids.
Seeds saved from hybrids can’t be relied on to produce true to the fruit from which the seed was harvested. And since I save seed — that’s a negative for me.
Also studies have shown that hybrids are not often as nutrient dense as open pollinated. I explained to what degree this is true in this post.
Much to my delight – I discovered I was wrong!
And although Honey Nut started out as a cross of two different varieties (a hybrid) — over a number of plant generations the variety was stabilized by Cornell University. Thus, it is now considered open pollinated. Yippee!
I’ve saved the seed and I’m ready to grow it again next year.
You Can Stabilize a Favorite Hybrid in Your Own Garden-
– by careful selection of seed saved over a number of years. When your seed consistently produces the fruit you desire every year it is considered open pollinated.
The Reason I’m so Thrilled About This
Because they are without a doubt the most delicious winter squash I’ve EVER tasted — with the exception of spaghetti squash which tastes totally different than any winter squash I’ve tasted.
I place spaghetti squash in a gourmet category. Delicate and delicious seasoned only with a superior quality butter and salt and pepper to taste. (Appropriate for a candle light dinner. : – )
Next in line to enjoy gourmet status (at least in my opinion) would be the Honey Nut squash.
After tasting it I can understand that it’s sometimes served with ice cream. But in my opinion it’s just as delicious without an added attraction.
Butternut Lost its Appeal after Tasting Honey Nut
If you watched my video – you know that I grew Butternut squash this year. From years past I remember enjoying them a lot. After eating the Honey Nut – the Butternut lost its appeal.
This was not only due to the delicious richness of the Honey Nut.
Other Gold Star Qualities of Honey Nut
- Easy to cut in half. (Butternut is much harder.)
- You can eat the peel! (Butternut peel is too hard.)
- Cooking time is 30 minutes or less. (When halved rather than cubed, the Butternut is almost double the time)
- Compact vines of Honey Nut don’t take up the space that Butternuts take. I grew only one plant in my front border rather than the garden. With a support for it to grow on it only took about a square foot space.
- If you have to grow in containers – this little squash might be perfect for you.
- Has a strong resistance to Powdery Mildew.
- Fruit is uniform producing 4 to 5 inch mini butternut-like fruits. Each was about the length of my hand.
Said to store 2 to 3 month.
I ate mine after 2 months – although I didn’t intend to eat all 6 + the two small ones that I didn’t think would ripen – but did.
They were so good I couldn’t resist having them for my meals until all six + the 2 babies were gone.
How Many Should You Grow?
I only grew one plant. As mentioned it produced 6 fully mature fruits plus two tiny ones that I didn’t think would ripen, but did.
I read online that other growers said to expect 3 squash per plant. They indicated this was due to the female blossoms have to be pollinated and often are not. The recommendation was to grow at least 3 plants. Maybe I got lucky.
As much as I liked them I could grow and use a lot more than 3 plants even if each produced 6 squash.
Honey Nut squash will be my choice for the future.
With their great taste and being so easy to grow, they might be your choice as well.
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