2004 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Squash 'Sunshine' F1
National Winner
2004 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Squash 'Sunshine' F1
National Winner

Squash 'Sunshine' F1
2004 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

Consumer media have recently given coverage to winter squash because of its flavor, high vitamin content and ability to be stored. 'Sunshine' is a new squash that outshined other varieties in side-by-side trials across North America. The vibrant orange-red skin is distinctive, similar to sunshine, hence the name. The 3- to 4-pound fruit is a flattened globe shape. The bright orange flesh is sweet, nutty, creamy smooth and completely stringless when baked, steamed or microwaved. 'Sunshine' plants are adaptable to any growing location as long as the growing season is 80 to 95 days. Expect mature squash in about 95 to 100 days from sowing seed or 80 days from transplants. Harvest ripe fruit in the fall prior to or protect from frost. The short vines need 6 to 8 feet in the full-sun garden.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Squash
Variety Name: 'Sunshine' F1
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: maxima
Year: 2004
Common Name: winter squash
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: Johnny's Selected Seeds
Close Market Comparison: 'Amber Cup,' 'Gold Nugget'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Bushy, Vining
Plant Height: Short: Under 10"
Garden Spacing: 8 feet
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 95 days
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 80 days
Fruit Color (Harvest): vibrant orange-red skin
Fruit Shape: Flattened globe
Fruit Size: 7" x 5"
Fruit Weight: 4 pounds
Fruit Flavor Description: Very sweet, nutty and creamy smooth
Plant Spread: 6 to 8 feet

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