The sweet roaster — additionally offered below the identify jumbo pink banana squash — is most frequently harvested within the fall, however its shelf life permits it to be loved virtually till the following rising season. Although this squash would possibly sound scrumptious sufficient that you simply’d anticipate it to be in every single place, you most likely aren’t going to seek out it on native grocery retailer cabinets. If you wish to attempt some for your self, you will almost definitely have to buy it instantly from a farm that grows it, or search it out at native farmers’ markets in and round components of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. First cultivated by the Cherokee Nation not less than two centuries in the past, the sweet roaster is now a regional delicacy — one which has invited rising curiosity from folks seeking to protect what some farmers name “the most effective baking squash on this planet,” in keeping with Edible Asheville.
One motive the squash is more durable to seek out is as a result of approach that it grows. It is extraordinarily inclined to cross-pollination and infrequently breeds with different forms of squash to provide hybrid varieties grown inside a mile, even unintentionally. This will fully get rid of the distinctive taste of the sweet roaster squash. To forestall this, the sweet roaster have to be grown distant from different squash varieties. Its preservation has develop into trigger for concern due to this, and seeds are even stored within the Cherokee Nation’s seed financial institution for preservation.