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Tatume Summer Squash (Heirloom, 50 days)

Germ 7-10 days
Mexican Heirloom
A rare summer squash variety that vines profusely, lasting all season long. Has firm, sweet ,white flesh with more flavor than your average yellow squash. Best to grow this on a fence or trellis as the vigorous vine can grow 10-12’ and when you miss picking a few fruits you will be able to harvest a mature pumpkin like winter squash. Known to be more heat and pest tolerate than most other squash. 20 seeds


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I Love this Summer Squash!

It is resilient, productive over the entire season until frost and the squash are delicious. I prefer both the shape and the flavor to zucchini and we ate them for just about every meal all summer and into the fall. They were planted at one end of a raised bed. There, they could sprawl over the edge, but because this is California and the soil was hard and dry, the two plants never took over the bed or the ground. They put their energy instead into presenting lots and lots of squash and we humans were very happy with their choice! I bet they would climb a strong trellis with equal vigor.

Laura W.
United States United States
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Almost totally bug proof well into the season.

I've had tatume several different years. Unlike other squash that quickly succumb to the squash beetles no matter what I do to try to stop them, tatume seems impervious until early fall. In the mean time, they are making egg shaped squash small to quite large. We cook them up like zucchini. Never tried making a bread with them like zucchini but I would imagine it would work. So if you want a lot of squash to boil like any summer squash and add butter salt and pepper, or to fry they make a lot and you don't even have to water them unless it's super dry. They do grow about 8 to 10' vines so you need room and use gloves to gather the bounty because they have spiny vines---probably why the bugs leave them alone. Next year I'm going to try growing other vining squash between the tatume to see if that will help protect the others from bugs, plus I bought some spinosad that I can try and see if that helps the bug issue. They do make a big orange pumpkin toward the end but I haven't tried them yet. We have five waiting for experiments in the kitchen for now. Good luck and happy gardening.

Mark H.
United States United States

Nice oddity; easy to grow.

Cool oddity, but the flavor was average at best. Great germination and productive plants. Bonus was that the ones we left on until fall really did work well as carving pumpkins. But as a "winter" squash, it needs a lot of doctoring to be enjoyable. Still better than a lot of grocery store varieties, but Cushaw pumpkins/squash have better flavor for winter squash as do most zucchini for summer. Still grow for oddity sake, but only when I have extra room.