Butternut squash seeds grow into a long-block slightly cylindrical-shaped smaller butternut variety with an average fruit size of 1- 1.2 kg. The yield potential of baby Butternut is up to 50% higher than any open-pollinated butternut. Featuring easy fruit set consistent quality and the exterior skin colour is a creamy tan colour.
How to Grow Butternut Squash/Labu Butternut
- Squash is a vine growing crop that requires full sun, fertile soil and moisture. It is an excellent idea to use well-composted material mixed into the soil.
- Make sure to give enough room for their long, wandering vines.
- Butternut Squash seeds can be sown directly into the vegetable garden or started indoors. They are generally planted in mounds about 2.5 centimetres deep.
- Squash have female and male flowers. Males only last a day and don’t produce fruit, so make sure to remove them.
- Water regularly.
- You should harvest squash frequently to encourage more production.
About Butternut Squash Seeds/Labu Butternut
Butternut squash seeds are edible and have nutritional value. They are similar to pumpkin seeds as they have a nutty flavour. You can use them just like you would with pumpkin seeds because pumpkins are also a variety of squash. The most common way to eat them is roasted and salted. They are the perfect nutritional snack.
Please note that the squash seed shell can be eaten too, but you can boil or bake it to use the kernel. The kernel is also known as pepitas, and they are widely used in soups, salads and desserts. Butternut squash seeds can be stored for long periods once they are roasted. Also, you can leave them at room temperature for a maximum of three months.
If you refrigerate or freeze them, they can be stored for one year. Butternut squash seeds contain fibre and protein. They are also a terrific source of iron, calcium, and magnesium. One of the main features of butternut squash seeds is that the oils are 75 per cent linoleic acid and oleic acid, so they are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, making them an excellent addition to your daily diet.
For preparing your butternut squash seeds, you need to know that come in the pulp in the middle. They are often long, thin and viscous and will get discarded in the trash or compost. Begin by pulling out the seeds from the pulp. Please take note that it is not necessary to get them too clean before you roast them. Keep in mind that if there is any leftover pulp will only add flavour.
If you don’t want to cook butternut squash seeds, you can grow them in your vegetable garden. They are relatively easy to grow, especially in Malaysia, since butternut squash seeds are tender, so they only germinate in warm soil.
Types of Butternut Squash Seeds/Labu Butternut
Butternut Squash seeds have a similar texture to pumpkin, and they have a nutty flavour. They produce vines or bush plants that form distinctive fruits with sweet orange flesh. Butternut squash is part of the winter squash family. They belong to the species Cucurbita moschata, so it is essential not to plant next to other different types of butternut squash seeds.
There are different types. The most common ones are:
Tiana Butternut squash seeds produce fruits that are consistent in size and shape. They have tan skin and dark orange interior colour. These types of seeds are perfect for vegetable gardens at home as they produce beautiful butternuts. Tiana Butternut seeds are early to mature and productive. Please take note that they are terrific disease resistance.
Early Butternut squash seeds are popular because they produce medium-size squash. They are semi-blush plants. One of the main characteristics of Early Butternut is that it has a small seed cavity in dark orange sweet flesh with a tender skin that is very hard.
These types of squash seeds have a short growing season. It is an excellent idea to start your plants indoors and transplant them carefully outside to avoid damaging the roots. In 90 days, the plants should be full of fruit that will last for several months.
Victory Early Butternut
Victory Early Butternut squash seeds quickly mature as they have a short season. These seeds produced medium-sized butternut squash with a delicate and creamy flavour without a lot of fibres. It is essential to plant the Victory Early Butternut seeds in rich, fertile soil full of sun. Make sure to give each plant enough space to grow.
These types of seeds are the best choice for those gardeners wishing to plant short-season squash. They mature in approximately 85 days.