I grew these Hubbard squash on a trellis in my garden this year. They are larger than your head and very heavy. I was surprised how well they did growing up on a trellis and didn't need to be slung.
The Hubbard squash is credited to Marblehead history. According to local legend the seeds were brought home from South America probably Argentina or Chili via the West Indies and ended up with sea Captain Knott Martin in 1798. One variation of the story states Captain Martin gave the seeds to his gardener sister Sarah Martin. Sarah and her sister Martha grew the squash successfully and gave seeds to Elizabeth Hubbard. Elizabeth gave some to seed seller and agriculturist James Howard Gregory around 1844.
Gregory named the large squash after Elizabeth.
By 1900, J.H. Gregory produced 400 acres of seed crops and was one of the largest seed growers in America. He is remembered as a great American Seedsman and philanthropist who introduced many kinds of vegetables suited to the New England growing region and had a reputation for maintaining and improving variety quality. He was also the first to develop the "picture" seed packet with instructions. One of the historic buildings of Marblehead, Mass. was the "squash shed" located downtown.
Long Island Seed and a great history of J.H. Gregory can be found at Save Seeds.
Winter squash are great keepers. I grow Hubbards and Acorn squash to enjoy throughout the winter. My favorite recipe is to simply open the squash, clean out the seeds and set aside, then sprinkle with either brown sugar or drizzle maple syrup over the squash and bake. I also like to make squash pie. I think I will have squash for dinner tonight!
Here are some great Hubbard recipe sites:
The Big Apple Farm recipes
Homestead Farm Recipes
Please leave a comment below if you have a great recipe or site to share!!!