Yesterday I went to the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California with my buddy El Presidente. We headed out super early and made a few side trips but the highlight of the day was the exposition, that’s for sure.
I have seem pictures of the event in the past so there was one thing in particular I wanted to see in person. The heirloom squash. There were so many there, it was mind boggling.
Since this was an heirloom exposition, there were many more varieties available than your typical grocery store would carry. Which was totally awesome if you ask me. Look at this Black Futsu squash, ain’t she a beauty?
This black warty squash didn’t have a tag on it. Do you know what variety it is? I think I might want to try and grow a few next year.
Pitz Turban Squash. Don’t they look like little acorns?
This Sacred Indian Rattle gets bonus points for looking like a mini watermelon.
I may need to grow some of those next year too.
The Triamble or Shamrock squash is on my list for next year as well. I’m pretty sure the HH would even like this one. I’m not exactly sure how I would chop it up for soup though. Maybe I’d just grow a few to set out on the front porch.
Don’t you think the Tonda Pandana squash would sell well in a grocery store? I mean really, who would want an ordinary pumpkin sitting on their porch for Halloween when you would carve one of these beauties up for display.
And last but not least, another identified warty squash. I’m not sure why I like the warty squash varieties so much but I do. They just seem to have so much personality compared to typical pumpkins.
So what do you think?
After seeing these heirloom squash, what would you rather grow? Heirlooms or regular field pumpkins?
Me? I stinking to the heirlooms.