Chinese Miniature Gourd
(aka Jack Be Little, Munchkin) From Ohio Seed Savers Exchange member Ken Stoller. Small 3" fruits weigh 4-5 ounces. A type of acorn squash which is delicious roasted as miniature squash or used as long lasting holiday decorations.
- 100 days
- Acorn squash type gourd resembles small pumpkins
- Fruits grow to 3 inches
- Fruits weigh 4-5 ounces
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in 12" diameter hills. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. In short season areas, grow from transplants started indoors 8 weeks in advance. Gourds grow well on fences or garden trellises.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
My young son and I have planted these for 5 years and have never been disappointed. They are prolific and so much fun to watch grow. They are great for fall decorating, crafts, and last well through Christmas. (Cut off the stems, stack, and paint white for snowmen ;)
Wow! What a producer! My first year growing these and WOW are they delicious to roast! I stuffed mine with wild rice, garlic, and chard. Very sweet and they roast in half the time due to their small size! You can eat the skin too! Not to mention they are adorable fall decorations around the house! Great keepers.
Great as a roasted side and as a decoration!
Easy to grow. Can be trained onto a trellis. Watch out for squash bugs. Perfect fall decoration. Keeps for at least a month at room temp. Flavor nice and sweet when roasted.