Cucurbita pepo ‘Sunburst’
- Type: Vegetable, Hybrid
- Zone: 2 – 11
- Height: 24 – 36 Inches
- Spacing: 18 – 24 Inches
- Sun: Full Sun
- Soil: Well-Drained, pH 6.1 – 6.5
- Disease Resistance: None
- Days to Maturity: 50
Sunburst Squash is a hybrid “patty pan” type that was an All-American Selections (AAS*) winner when released in 1985. This variety produces fruits that are bright yellow with small green rings in the center. Fruits have scalloped edges and are best harvested around 3-4″ in diameter. Sunburst Squash is a heavy yielding variety and will continually produce fruit well into the summer months.
Squash may be direct seeded or transplanted, although direct seeding is highly recommended. Squash are a crop that require multiple harvests throughout the growing season. Regardless of variety, squash will have better flavor and texture when harvested on the small end of the spectrum. Don’t leave oversized squash on the vines. It shuts down production.
*AAS – All-America Selections is an independent non-profit organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties for the home gardener. After a full season of anonymous trialing by volunteer horticulture professionals, only the top garden performers are given the AAS Winner award designation for their superior performance.
Sunburst are a great high-volume, low-prep item for chefs. They are attractive with their novel scalloped edges, small and their skin and seeds are soft and edible. Easy to clean and require little prep.
South Anna has sweet, nutritious flesh in a vibrant, bright orange color with a darker tan skin than most other butternuts. Excellent flavor and storage potential. Roast, boil, mash, make soup.