The University Park turban squash is a colorful heirloom that inspired the design of University of Denver's Chamberlin Observatory back in 1889. Just as the observatory helps students look deep into the night sky, the buttercup-type squash is better for gazing than grazing...
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As illustrated on the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packet shown above, the University Park turban squash has become a very popular variety for good viewing. It resembles a butternut, but has a "turban" that is colorfully streaked in green, yellow, orange and red.
University Park turbans are a durable winter squash with a fair taste, although they are primarily used as Thanksgiving table decorations. Fruits can be stored and cooked well into the late winter. The larger University Park turban squashes can grow to sizes large enough to contain a twenty-inch refractory telescope.
To get a better look inside a University Park turban squash, the Chamberlin Observatory is holding an Open House at 6:30 PM on September 17, 2011.
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