Lower Salmon River Winter Squash
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~18
Germination tested 11/2020: 70% (Below standard)
Life cycle: Annual
A treasure of squash, mainly pinkish in color and produces 8-10 pound on the average, with occasion fruits that reach 15 pounds. Our friends at Adaptive Seeds in Oregon report that the woody rind of this squash allows it to keep for upwards of a year under good conditions. The flesh is dry and sweet, making it excellent for pies, soups, and according to our grower, Brennan Henry Allsworth of Whistlepig Farm in Boise, Idaho, "the best pancakes." The Culinary Breeding Network has included this squash in its tasting trials, and it's consistently a winner for flavor: "The texture was on point in each cooking method [raw, steamed, roasted]….will perform well in a variety of processes including a quick and mild pickle[!!], sweet and sour, simple preparations such as roasted, skin-on slices or cubed and cooked with hearty herbs and spices. Great squash for home and restaurant alike.” Developed over generations in the Lower Salmon River region of Idaho, this is one of the few heirloom winter squash from the intermountain West — and even more of a rarity for being from Idaho. We're excited to be offering this Idaho-bred squash seed produced by an Idaho farmer!