(aka Pike’s Peak) Introduced by Hiram Sibley & Co. of Rochester, New York in 1888. Superb banana squash with thick sweet flesh. James J. H. Gregory found it simply “magnificent.” Winner of the Seed Savers Exchange staff taste test in 2014. Hard-rinded, inversely pear shaped, excellent keeper.
- 110 days
- Winter squash
- Banana type squash
- Hard, light blue rind
- Thick, sweet flesh
- Excellent keeper
This variety works for:
To prepare your squash, rinse the exterior and then cut in half and remove the seeds before baking, roasting, etc.
Winter squash can be pureed and sweetened as an addition to breads, muffins, cakes and pies. Diced and roasted squash can be tossed in warm salads of grains and nuts or with sautéed kale.
Summer squash are best eaten when they are small and the seeds are immature. Sliced thinly, summer squash are used in gratins and savory pies or sautéed or breaded and fried.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed. Hills should be spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
It grew in Maine
Of all of the squash seed we've purchased from SSE, this is one of the few that has produced fruit for us here in coastal Maine (the other was Long Island Cheese. Pennsylvania crookneck were a complete bust). The Sibleys are smaller than in the photo (we're still working to improve our soil). We have not yet had a frost or nights below 40 (today is Oct 19, the cold is overdue). It's a race to see if the vines survive long enough for the fruit to ripen, but the squash are edible size. If we like the flavor, we'll save the seeds and start them inside to give them a head start next year.
by John Burton
I have grown these for over 20 years; my first seed found at a seedsman in California known for carrying the rare and different. Without doubt the nicest winter squash I've grown. They become very sweet in storage... eventually ripening to a golden orange colour if you can leave them that long ;) yield varies in my coastal climate and they won't size up if you are stingy with the water...heavy feeding large plants that need lots of room to show off their potential, but worth the investment.
Wow. Great in 3-Sisters
by Paul Carter
Wow! This was the squash in my three-sisters crop this year (2022) we had early vine borers, but other vines took roots and spread far and wide!! I did not mow our small back yard but 3 times. Minimum watering even in drought year!! Harvested three huge more than ten pounds items pulse many about 3-5 lbs.