Cucurbita moschata, Late Cropping Italian Butternut-type heirloom, called Violina because of its violin shape with unusual lightly wrinkled tan skin, which is about 4 to 5 lbs on average, (in size, it's a bit bigger than Walthams), Gioia is the Italian word for “joy!, Because the bright orange flesh is incredibly sweet & meaty & richer than other butternuts – no fibrous strings in these beauties & is neither watery nor overly dry, just quite delicious. It can be roasted, toasted, puréed (to make a soup) or mashed into soups, casseroles, bread, & muffins. It has very little seed cavity, 100 days, Seed Count Approx - 6 avg
SOWING - Squash will not germinate in cold soil & needs a warm spot, well-drained & fertile soil with plenty of composted organic matter to conserve moisture;. Planting should be delayed until the soil has warmed (can be started in a greenhouse from mid-March onward, plant out the end of Mayish), Sow directly insitu after the threat of frost has passed. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 36 in apart, Harvest just before frosts when the stems dry & turn brown.