Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Germination of Table Gold Winter Squash

Most acorn squash is green, but table gold is orange.

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Flavorful, pale orange flesh is characteristic of acorn squash, often referred to as "table gold." The squash is decorative as well, turning bright orange when ripe. Winter squash is prized for it's ability to keep, and table gold is no exception. However, it does double duty and can be harvested when its skin is still soft and pale yellow and used like a summer squash. This bush variety is also called "golden acorn" or "Jersey golden acorn." "The New York Times" says it was developed by geneticist Oved Shifriss of Rutgers University and introduced by Burpee Seeds in 1982. Seed germination is not difficult.

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