Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

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  • Delicious for soup, roasted, or pie.
  • Elegant forms.
  • Doug marveling at the seeds and contemplating pie.

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Curcurbita moschata

Certified Organic Seed

This big squash resembles a wheel of cheese in color and shape, but has superb flavor for pies and soups.

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Linked to cheese through appearance only, the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin has been revered for centuries thanks to its smooth flesh and string-less interior (not to mention the high nutrient content). It's one of the oldest squashes domesticated for food, which we think speaks well for its taste and grow-ability. Choose this cheese-wheel-like squash for your autumn sweets and buck the canned stuff once and for all!
Number of Seeds 30 seeds
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 to 72 inches
Planting Depth ¾ to 1 inch
Days to Germination 4 to 7 days
Days to Maturity 98 days
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 6 to 8 feet
Direct sow after frost, or start under protection up to 3 weeks before (but no earlier--Long Island Cheese Pumpkins grow very quickly at this stage). Plant in well-fertilized hills of 4-8 seeds with hills spaced 3 feet apart. Thin to three plants per hill. Harvest when color is well developed and rind is hard. Cure for a week in sun and fresh air, but protect from frost. Cured squash will store all winter.
Artwork by Todd Casey. About the Artist: "Todd M. Casey (b. 1979) was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. His artistic education includes a BFA in Communication Design from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. After receiving his degree in 2001, he moved to New York City where he worked as a Graphic Designer. He then moved to San Francisco to pursue a Masters in Animation at the Academy of Art. While taking the foundation classes for his MFA, he found a true passion in painting, and returned to NYC to the studio of Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier and began his classical painting training in 2007. His paintings have won many awards, most recently the Aileen and Manuel de Torres Award for Still Life from the Salmagundi Club. His work can be found in collections throughout the United States. Being raised in Massachusetts has been most influential for Casey as he loves history and the richness of vintage objects in historical cities as well as incorporating the Narrative into his paintings. He also finds inspiration throughout his travels and paints the items he collects. He is represented by Rehs Gallery in NYC." About the Art: Like an heirloom seed saver, oil painter Todd M. Casey is a collector of antiquities. Here, to tell the story of this heirloom, Casey assembled the historic book Cucurbits of New York, a vintage map of Long Island, and an antique trunk for storing seed collections.