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Nov 23

Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash

pumpkin squash

The first listing of Tennessee Sweet Potato squash seeds, then called Green Striped Bell Squash was in 1947. It was then acquired by Burpee, who changed the name.

Some people suggest this is the same squash Thomas Jefferson referred to as Potato Pumpkin.

The flesh is pale, sweet and dry. Many gardeners say the flavor isn’t that great compared to other winter squashes. Others say the sweet potato like flavor makes it perfect for pie. What does make this squash stand out is that it can be held 6 months or more, often into the following spring.

We found the Tennessee Sweet Potato to not be as prolific as the spaghetti squash. We did notice though that when the weather cooled off it became more productive.

Another bonus is that because it is Cucurbita mixta it won’t cross pollinate with the majority of other squash types. Read the specifics of which squash will cross with others here.
This puts it in the Forever Food category as you can easily save the seeds for the following year.