ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heirloom Squash Seeds: Grow Long of Naples Winter Squash

Updated on October 1, 2011

Ribbon Winning Fun With This Stunning Squash

As I write, I am procrastinating at processing my prize winning Long of Naples winter squashes. These heirloom winter squash took several ribbons at our local fair this year, and the kids got lots of compliments on their entries. Now, the hard work comes, as the processing will involve cutting, seeding, baking, and freezing the pureé.

If you love to grow something unique for your fairs, or if you just love trying something new in your vegetable garden, I highly recommend this mammoth squash. My first year, I only really got one good squash, but it weighed in at 30 lb. I still have some of last year's puree left in my freezer. 

Growing Space

 Long of Naples is extremely viney, and demanding for space.  I tried to grow it together with my pumpkins last year, and had some difficulty in losing my pumpkin plants.  The extremely large leaves of the Long of Naples plant cover the squash, and it's often difficult to see where a squash may be growing.  I tend to leave the plants be, until we've gotten through the worst of our hot Southwest summer.  As my summer squash wind down, I get to looking for bigger squash, and carefully walk in the area and lift vines to look.

The Long of Naples plants this year were hogs for space, and crept over into my summer squash area.  From two main mounds, planted with about 4 seeds each, I ended up having 5 big squash, ranging in weight from 19 to 24 lbs.  I harvested them all for our fall fair, and the kids each entered them in the horticulture exhibits.  At that time, I saw that another small squash had begun to form, and now, 3 weeks later, it is probably halfway to the size of our large prizewinning squashes. 

 Your success will, of course, depend on your own experience and knowledge, space, and weather conditions.  Last year, I only harvested one squash, a 30 lb. beauty, pictured in this article during processing.  I had much more success this year in terms of my harvest.

How do I process and preserve Long of Naples winter squash?

Long of Naples winter squash is nearly all flesh. I expected it to be like an overgrown zucchini, hollow all the way across, but it was not so. There is a larger, bulbous end, and this is the end containing seeds, about a third to a fourth of the length of the inside. The remainder is all flesh.

Carefully cut down the middle with a knife, and scoop out the seeds. I sliced into pieces to fit my roasting pans, and roasted in my oven for at least an hour and a half at 450 degrees fahrenheit.  It took two roasting pans, and both racks in my oven, to process the entire squash.  Test with a knife for tenderness, inserting into the cooked flesh...if it goes in easily, it's good to go.  I allow my baked squash to cool, and then scoop the flesh out, and store in two-cup increments in freezer bags, labeled with date and contents. 


 You will have to research a bit, as pressure canning is possible with cubed squash, but not safe for pureéd squash/pumpkin.  I have not (yet) tried the pressure canning, but am considering it with this year's crop. 


 Use the Long of Naples as you would other pumpkin or winter squash, in soups, pies, and other recipes.  I will be hubbing about some of my uses in the coming months, as we make an effort to put our produce to use.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)