Cucurbita mixta

#713 Nippon Island Squash
Beautiful 12 lb. Black fruit have creamy white flesh. Samuel Wilson, Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, introduced this variety in 1884, and it quickly became popular because of its novelty and advertising. The seeds are “curiously marked or sculptured in the manner of Chinese letters.” The unique-looking seed led to it being called Chinese Alphabet squash. A real collectors item. Julian Twiss says these squash grow well in Canterbury as a summer squash, the fruit being large and plants productive. The flavour was a little bland for his liking though, but his pigs enjoyed them!