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Tatume Summer Squash

Tatume Summer Squash

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Cucurbita pepo

45 days — 'Tatume', also known as 'Tatuma' and 'Calabacita', is a vining plant that is a popular staple in Southwestern and Mexican cooking. Unlike other squash varieties that are categorized as either a summer or a winter squash, 'Tatume' is a rare variety that can be used as either.

'Tatume' fruit can be harvested and eaten young (at about 45 days) as a summer-type squash. At this "summer" stage, harvest the green, round to oval fruits when they are about the size of a baseball. They are unusually firm for a summer squash and have a fine flavor.

Leave them on the vine as a winter squash and they will mature to a diameter of six to eight inches and golden-yellow in color. Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 14 to 16 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of organic matter and mulch to conserve moisture.

Sow directly into the garden after any threat of frost has past. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart.

Harvest when the fruit is six to eight inches long or still tender. Harvest will be lengthened if you keep picking.