Rob says - “I first found this squash in the United states, California to be exact, and as far as I know, no-one else in the UK is selling this great old variety. This squash is easier to grow, and sweeter than a butternut squash. It’s more productive too. First introduced in 1894, Honeyboat can be left to crawl over the floor or trained up a frame, or wires. The fruits are super sweet with firm, deep orange flesh, the ideal size to serve 2 people. So, no half-eaten squash lurking in the fridge! It’s also got its own built-in best before date, as the green stripes will disappear as the squash ages, so you’ll always know which to eat first. This variety will keep you in roast squash, soup and any number of dishes all winter long, it’s a real keeper!
To grow a great Honey Boat squash, I start mine off indoors. So a couple of seeds on their side (to stop them rotting) about an inch deep in a 10cm pot. They'll need potting on after the roots come through the bottom, before they can be hardened off. Plant out after the last frost. I dig a hole at least 60cm square and 2 spades deep. Fill it 70% full of rotted manure and good homemade compost, plus a handful of blood, fish and bone. Empty a watering can of water on top before covering it with soil to make a mound. Plant your Honey Boat on top of the mound and watch this super sweet squash grow for Britain!"
Honey Boat has the same taste and texture as a Sweet Potato, but it’s easier to grow and so a good substitute for sweet potatoes.