There are several different butternut squash varieties available to the backyard vegetable gardener. Most varieties are fairly similar in appearance and taste, with slight variations. When choosing a variety of butternut squash, first determine if you want a compact type plant or one that spreads vines out in excess of 8 feet or more. This decision depends on the amount of room you have in your garden for butternut squash plants. If you want to grow butternut squash in containers, look for varieties with "space saver", "bush" or "compact" on the label of the seed packet.
We are often asked about which is our favorite butternut squash variety. We really like Rogosa Violina Gioia, which is an Italian heirloom variety. It is by far the best tasting butternut squash we've ever had. It produces very large squash that average 10+ pounds each. The plants get huge, with some vines running 30 feet or more, and the squash mature at around 95 days. The flesh is deep orange, sweet, nutty and fairly dry with almost no stringiness. The squash is shaped like an hourglass and features a bumpy skin.
Here is a list of some of the more common butternut squash varieties, along with plant and fruit descriptions...
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