Tags: Certified Organic Open Pollinated
Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: Cucurbita moschata
Days to Maturity: 115
Newly developed by Care of the Earth Community Farm in Corryton, Tennessee! Xiye Butternut comes from a cross between San Jose Mountain Club Squash (from Costa Rica) and Waltham Butternut. This variety was bred, with the help of two SARE grants, specifically for resistance to downy mildew and to tolerate variable and unpredictable climatic conditions. Plants are fully vining and very productive, and the fruits have good flavor and sweetness. Squash is nutty and has a caramel or butterscotch flavor when roasted. Exterior color is an especially deep tan. Selection is ongoing for butternut shape, size (selecting for 4 lb. size), smaller seed cavity, dry matter content, flavor, and ability to store at least 3 months. Currently in the F6 generation. Expect slight variability still for all characteristics. Named in honor of climate activist Xiye Bastida. 280 seeds/ounce.
Xiye butternut carries the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) pledge. OSSI is a movement to help combat corporate monopolization of seeds. Read more at www.osseeds.org.
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How does this differ from South Anna?
Xiye and South Anna are both the products of wide crosses, intending to bring tropical or subtropical disease and pest resistance genetics into butternut. South Anna comes from Waltham butternut (from Massachussetts) crossed to Seminole Pumpkin (from Florida); and Xiye is from Waltham crossed to San Jose Mountain Club squash (from Costa Rica). South Anna was bred at Twin Oaks Seed Farm in Louisa, VA, and Xiye was bred at Care of the Earth Community Farm in Corryton, Tennessee. South Anna is at about 10 generations currently while Xiye is at six generations. Selection on both is ongoing. Xiye is still a little more variable in terms of fruit size and shape. In our 2022 trial at Twin Oaks Seed Farm Xiye was slightly higher yielding, while South Anna had slightly higher brix and dry matter readings. They're both a lot tastier than commercial butternut. Both varieties have a deeper tan color than most butternut varieties.
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United States (Zone 7a)
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