Adaptable to many growing and soil conditions, this plant consistently produces 4-5 lb. high quality, flat, globe-shaped fruit with dark green rinds. Its thick and dry yellow flesh has a very sweet nutty flavor that makes it one of the most popular ebisu varieties grown in Japan. Grows well in cool areas and stores well.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 10-15 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- 2500-3000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 95-105 days (45-50 days after flowering)
- Planting season: Late spring to early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1' diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest or leave to sprawl on the ground. After harvest, winter squash should be left in the sun for a few days to cure before storing.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use in tempura, stir-fries, soup or baked. See recipes here on our website.