Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Organic Arikara Squash
Organic Arikara Squash (70-110 days)
Seed package contains 10 heirloom seeds
This squash was grown by the Arikara Indian tribe who historically occupied the region along the Missouri River in western North Dakota. They were known to the Sioux as "corn planters" and were well known to all for planting pumpkins, beans, corn and squash.
Arikara winter squash was introduced in the 1920 Oscar Will Seed Catalog … this variety came to famed seedsman Oscar Will via Melvin Gilmore who obtained seed from the Arikara at Ft. Berthold.
Gilmore, an ethnobotanist and historian is perhaps best known for his interview and transcription that resulted in a book we know as Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden today.
Gilmore and George Will were friends and colleagues … often reading drafts of one another’s ethnographic works prior to publication.
Arikara winter squash was followed in 1922 by Arikara watermelon, which had the same provenance.
Arikara squash is an extremely heavy producer of pink-salmon colored hubbard shaped fruits.
Squash sizes range from a few pounds to 27#s depending on soil nutrient levels.
Produces well under stress. We have dry farmed these squash with great success. We got an average of 600# of fruit per plant with ZERO irrigation in our coastal conditions.
Needs lots of space to grow. Vines can reach an excess of 12'
Arikara is an excellent keeper. We have had some keep for over a year stored at a constant 55 F
Excellent roasted and eaten like sweep potatoes or made into a rich, cream soup.
Talk about a homestead type food. It grows well in extreme conditions, produces heavy and stores for up to a year! What more could you ask for!
We are the only seed company grow and sell these incredibly rare seeds.