The Lakota was voted "Best tasting" squash in the U.P. !
The Lakota will store well through the winter if it is kept in a cool dry location. We like to bring one out to bake with dinner, then use the left over squash for squash soup or muffins.
This is a hubbard type squash that grows to about 7-8 lbs. and will normally have 3-5 squash per plant. It does very well in Northern climates where many other squash have a hard time reaching maturity.
When saving seeds it is important that the squash plants have been isolated from other types of squash to prevent cross-pollination with an isolation distance of at least 1/2 mile ,this is the only way to insure that the seeds that are saved will be true to this variety of squash and not create a hybrid. It is also important to save seeds from the squash of at least 24 plants.
First cut your squash from the vine leaving about 3-4 inches of the vine attached. Let it set for about three weeks. A light frost is benneficial but not a hard freeze that would damage the squash and create a way for mold to set in. I usually will harvest the squash as it is ready and lay them out on skids so that they are not laying on the damp ground, if it looks as though it will freeze at night then it's easy to just cover them up with a tarp or blanket, then take it back off during the day.
Because of it's hard shell and size sometimes this squash is not so easy to cut open. A safer way to break open this squash would be to wrap it in a clean sheet and then just drop a large brick on it, or maybe a sledge hammer ?
Thank you to my boys for their help with this !
After you get it open just scoop out all of the seeds.
around the bowl as the water runs over them will help to
remove the pulp.
Lay the seeds out on a tray covered with wax paper
to dry in a well ventilated area. Be sure that the seeds have
space between them. Check them every few days to be
sure they are drying , I usually turn them over a few times
during the drying process. This usually takes a few weeks,
depending on the humidity in the air. To check to see if the
seeds are ready to be stored, bend a seed in half, if it snaps
then it can be stored, if the seed bends then it needs to dry
a while longer. Storing seeds in paper envelopes placed in
glass jars is the best way to store your seeds. No Plastic !
Well I hope his helps you to start saving your own seeds. Why bother you ask ? Seed saving helps to provide our own self-sufficiency and ensures that we will have a means of providing quality food for our families and community. By saving seeds from heirloom crops you are helping to preserve old heirlooms that are endangered of becoming extinct... and extinction is forever.
Nutritional Quality~Crop Diversity~Food Security