Cucurbita maxima, French Turban, Turk’s Cap, Pre 1818, Distinctive, fascinating, grotesque, yet appealing Cottage Loaf shaped 10-inch fruits, average 5 to 6 pounds. Beautiful, gaudy, bright orange skin streaked with light & dark olive green, with the acorn end more streaked. The flesh is moister than most squash & good in soups or grilled & its thick flesh is mildly sweet. 80-100 days, Short vined (8 to 10 ft) Great decorative squash, 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 mid-March onward, plant out end Mayish), Sow directly insitu after a 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.