(aka Citrouille de Touraine, French Tours) An historic French field pumpkin, named for its place of origin, and listed by Vilmorin as early as 1856. Large-fruited (17 pounds), with distinctive large oil seeds with wide margins which were once used in the manufacture of sugar-coated pills and as a remedy for tapeworm. Great for displays and carving.
- 90-100 days
- Very large seeds
- Fruits grow to 17 pounds
- Winter squash
- Dark green skin striped with yellow
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
Unique decorative squash
Received this as a free seed packet with one of my orders last year and had one plant here in zone 5/6. It does take up a decent amount of space in the garden. From one plant I only received one squash but I suspect this was more due to low pollination and the powdery mildew I was battling. Produced a great squash that started out with light yellow stripes and deepened to a dark orange over about a month after picking, about 8lbs. Made for a nice decorative squash for the Fall and lasted until after Halloween.