Galeux d'Eysines Squash - Cucurbita maxima
This unique heirloom squash, whose name means "embroidered with warts," originates from the Bordeaux region of France. Also known as Galeuse d’Eysines and Courge Brodée Galeuse, this treasured squash was originally listed by Vilmorin in Les Plantes Potageres (1883) as Warted Sugar Marrow. It was later rediscovered by SSE member Amy Goldman in 1996 at the Tranzault Pumpkin Festival in France.
Its unusual appearance, with wart-like extrusions, is cause by sugar in the skin.
The globe shaped squash is unlike anything you have seen or tasted. Its signature sweet, velvety-rich flesh can be made into stews, baked or roasted. The French enjoy it in soups, sauces, and preserves. With a deep orange interior, this 10 - 20 lbs squash will keep your creative and culinary juices flowing with all the different dishes, both sweet and savory, that you and your family can enjoy!
Will store for up to 6 months without any blemishes and stem intact. Harvest prior to full maturity to prevent cracking.
Take a look at our Youtube video on Saving Squash Seeds.
- Sun: Full
- Direct Sow: Direct after soil has reached above 72 degrees.
Seed Count: XX
- Days to Maturity: 90-100
- Plant Size: 8'-16' vine
- Open Pollinated
Plant 4-6 seeds per 3' diameter mound, mounds 4'-5' apart. Thin to two or three strongest plants. Trellis squash to save space. Use mulch at base of plant. Protect ripening squash from damp ground.
If starting indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.