Boston Marrow Squash
This squash might have prehistoric origins, but the only relevant documentation available dates back to 200 years ago.
This squash comes from the North of New York state, and probably comes from First Nations who gave it to colonizers. The seeds then made their way to Salem, MA, in 1831, where Mr. J. M. Ives helped the squash gain popularity.
It was widely used in New England as a pie squash, and especially appreciated for its fine-textured flesh. It became popular all over the American East since, not only was it a delicious and productive plant, but it also stored well until the next spring.
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Latin name : Cucurbita maxima
Common names : Boston Marrow winter squash
French : Courge Boston Marrow
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Crawling
Height : 40 cm
Width : Can crawl over 4 m, this plant spreads over a wide area.
Days to maturity : 90 to 100 days
Sowing : Directly outside in June, after the last frost
Depth : 2.5 cm
Germination : 5 to 12 days
Soil : Rich
Exposure : Sunny
Plant spacing : 1 m
Row spacing : 1.5 m
Watering : Regular
Care and other considerations : The fruits have yellow-orange flesh and can weight somewhere between 1o to 20 pounds!
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Also known as the "Montreal Market Muskmelon" or "Montreal Nutmeg Melon". This mythical green flesh melon with a nutmeg flavor has almost disappeared.
The earliest records come from the Jesuits, who cultivated this variety in the Montreal Plain in 1684. According to the Potager d'Antan : "this melon went through many selections during the 17th Century, before being introduced under the name "Montreal Melon", in 1870. In the 1880s, it was listed as one of the best seller in New England by American seed company Burpee".
Very popular at the beginning of the 1900s and until the 1950s, it was largely commercialized and grown by three families : the Aubin, the Décarie and the Gorman. But lack of labour force, rises in wages and the spreading of the city triggered its decline. As highways paved the island, it slowly faded from our collective memory. When farms vanished from Montreal, it risked being obliterated. Until a journalist found its trace in a seed bank, in the United States.
This melon is a living proof of our seed and food diversity decline. Save your seeds and share them.
Heirloom variety. Listed on Slow Food Canada's Ark of Taste.
Pkt : 12 seeds.
Very popular a few generations ago, this winter squash almost disappeared in favor of more productive and standard varieties. Its crooked neck was judged ill-suited for industrial commerce and long distance shipping. To answer the criteria of modern market, the Canada Crookneck was used to develop the Butternut variety.
But Canada Crookneck has a unique flavor. Is is listed on Slow Food Ark of Taste. Excellent in soups, exquisite as chips and fries and so sweet it can be used instead of sweet potato in your recipes.
It is slowly making a comeback, thanks to small seed producers. At Terre Promise we hope to grow, save and spread the Canada Crookneck for many years to come!
Our number 1 squash.Package: 12 seeds
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This old variety comes from Sainte-Hélène, Kamouraska County, where it has been cultivated since time immemorial by Rollande Labrie (born in 1923) and her family. We are proud to offer it and ensure its preservation.
Wax bean originally comes from Algeria. Under the name Algiers Bean, it made its appearance in France in the 1840s. From then on, the French selected and developed many yellow wax beans with black seeds. The most famous one is the Beurre de Rocquencourt, named after a town near Versailles.Package: 30-35 seeds
Also called Queensland Blue, this Australian winter squash has flavorful and fragrant orange flesh with pale blue skin. Excellent for soups and other recipes, it will store well during winter at temperature room. This squash is prolific but needs a lot of space to roam in the garden.Package: 15 seeds
Dwarf bean variety that produces a seed halfway between pea and fava bean. According to the Potager d'Antan : « It was still being cultivated in 1999 by a 80 year old man from Lotbinière, Monsieur Laliberté, who confirmed us the plant was unique in Canada. (...) Given by Laliberté's son to Antoine D'Avignon, Seeds of Diversity guardian angel. Antoine passed away in 2003. His sister, Mme. Gisèle D'Avignon, gave us the seeds. »
Delicious in pea soup, a traditional meal in the province of Quebec in the past century.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.