Winter Squash – Long Island Cheese

Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)
Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)

One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.

Classification Days
To Maturity
Fruit Size Weight Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash 71-105 Average 8″ to 12″ long and 3″ to 5″ inches in width 6-10 lbs Ribbed, buff/Tan colored Large vines up to 12′, which 2 or 3 fruit per plant. One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.
Seed Depth Seeds Per group Seed Spacing Space Between Hills Day To Germination Thin To
(Plants Per hill)
½ -1″ 6-8 3″ 10-12′ 10-14 2-3
Species Genus Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita Moschata 1824 Yes Excellent resistance to vine borers.
Usage Edible – Excellent food qualities
Storage Good Keeper
Space Saver No Suggestions