Sweet Meat Winter Squash Seeds - (Cucurbita maxima)

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Seed Count:
Approx 25 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
85-110 days
10-20 lbs
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Mature Sweet Meat Winter Squash - (Cucurbita maxima)
  • Sweet Meat Winter Squash sliced open - (Cucurbita maxima)
  • Slice of Sweet Meat Winter Squash - (Cucurbita maxima)
  • Slice of Sweet Meat Winter Squash - (Cucurbita maxima)
  • Sweet Meat Winter Squash Seeds - (Cucurbita maxima)

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Sweet Meat Winter Squash

This beautiful hard slate-gray blueish squash with thick golden-yellow sweet dry string-less and fiber-less flesh makes wonderful baked pies. The flavor sweetens with age and keeps for many months. The 1947 Gill Brother’s catalog emphasized they ". . . kept six squash in good edible condition from crop to crop." and, ". . . the flavor and sweetness increases with age for at least six months from harvest."

The thick, rambling vines need some space to stretch out and grow, but you’ll get many flavorful squash in return for your efforts. Insects and animals rarely get through the tough skin. Store the squash after cleaning in a cool location or bake and freeze.

Originally introduced by Gill Brothers Seed Company of Portland Oregon in 1947. Also known as Sweet Meat Oregon squash.


Makes great pies, soups and baked-goods. Not as sweet as some pumpkin varieties but a great substitute.

Growing Tip

Sow 5 seeds per hill, 4' apart. Thin to best 2-3 plants. Squash seeds dislike cold soil. It's better to wait until the soil is warm to plant the seeds.

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    Sweet Meat Winter Squash

    Posted by Lawrence “LAN” Lievense on Nov 06, 2021

    Each Sweet Meat Winter Squash plant produced one 21 pound squash. Very easy to grow with constant moisture until rinds begin to harden then hold watering. Lots of male pollinator flowers although I routinely hand pollinate in early morning. Trained up an 8 foot support then hung down approx. another 3 feet. Squash required strong hanging bag as the vines are not strong enough to support fruit. No bug problems. Harvested fruit was cured in sun and rind protected them from birds. Will update with flavor report as roasted and in soups in late winter. Buying seeds and growing again!

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