EFN INTRODUCTION. This is a mysterious landrace squash from Ollantaytambo in Peru's Sacred Valley. We don't know its original name, so we have dubbed it 'Sacred Valley.' The fruit on this squash are rather enormous. We have only grown it once, but it produced so many seeds we simply can't resist offering it to you so we can find out how much diversity exists in this population. The few plants we grew produced thick-walled, tasty, very warty dark green squash, and thick-walled, tasty, subtly warty pale green squash. The parent plant was reportedly smooth-skinned, but also large. The seeds are quite large too — though the ones we grew had rather thin kernels inside. We expect this will not always be the case, and are quite eager to see photos of the plants you grow this year! From our experience growing it in upstate New York, it is a relatively fast-growing, fast-maturing squash with some cold hardiness. The flowers and growing tips are also tasty.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed in May or early June, or transplant in healthy plant starts around this time. Plants should end up 30-36 inches apart in rows 5-6 feet apart.