Delicata Squash, Winter Squash 'Sweet Dumpling'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Dumpling
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Pumpkin (winter)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:



Medium Green



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)

2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)



Climbing (greenhouse)

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Five Points, Alabama

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Menifee, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Hollywood, Florida

Whitesburg, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Brainerd, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Ithaca, New York

Vinton, Ohio

Kerrville, Texas

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 22, 2017, WeezyG from Brainerd, MN wrote:

I tried these for the first time last year, and they are the best squash I've ever had. I got about 4-5 on each vine, but I think I had them too crowded. This year I'm going to spread them out a bit more. If you like a sweet winter squash, I highly recommend these.


On Apr 10, 2007, sofla from Pembroke Pines, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

We planted a number of C. pepo varieties (Delicata, Sweet Dumpling & Acorn) - the only downside is that each plant gave us only one or two fruits. Not sure whether it is our climate (Florida), the powdery mildew, or our inexperience with growing squash. Since we do not have many bees I hand pollinated. Though many seemd to take, only one would really grow - then the upcoming female flowers all wilted.
The few fruits we did harvest were delicious - pop them in the microwave for 10 -15 minutes, spray a little olive oil on them along with some nutmeg & thyme (or for those with a sweet tooth use some brown sugar & cinnamon).


On Dec 4, 2005, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The prime season for Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash is September though December up north here. The taste of the fruit is naturally sweet on it's own and very reminiscent of chestnuts. Therefore I'm ranking it in the dessert group.

If you can still find some available where you are at this time of year; buy and try. I bought only 3 of them on the very last day at our local farmer's market; I wish I had bought all of the last 8 that were there.

I will be saving some of the seeds from the ripest one and testing the germination, because I know the seller, and she only grows organic. Let's see if it does come true from seed, as I've seen seeds for sale at ~* Robin


On Jul 2, 2005, eweed from Everson, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I find this to be a pretty, dark-green, tidy bush-type, staying home in a small space. It is prolific and produces sweet fleshed fruits wrapped in a cream or off-white skin with green stripes. This is what I call a single server--the largest will serve two. It keeps for months, if cured well at season's end. If you have small spaces or large containers this could be just right for you.


On Jul 9, 2003, jgtruly from Five Points, AL wrote:

This plant resembles a squash plant and uses about the same space. The leaves are similar, however, the cucurbitas are a darker green. Very interesting, because the vegetable has dark green stripes and is cream- colored with orange flesh. This squash is a heavy producer and I will definitely grow it next summer.

I prepared this by cutting the squash lengthwise, adding a little salt, pepper and butter, then baking it in the microwave as you would a baked potato. June G. Truly, Oxford, Ms. 38655 7/09/03