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Butterkin is Growing with Success

BY: Paj Ann Herr | DATE: August 27, 2014

HALL, N.Y.- August 27, 2014 - Butterkin, a flavorful new variety of winter squash developed for its distinctive flavor and texture, has been quickly adopted by growers across the U.S. and Canada.  With over 300 growers in 34 U.S. states and five Canadian providences, growers are expressing a great deal of enthusiasm for Butterkin.

"The feedback from the growers has been very positive and we're looking forward to a very successful season," says Dean Cotton, vegetable seed business manager at SEEDWAY, LLC.

"Growing Butterkin has been a great experience with no growing challenges…the biggest challenge has been Mother Nature this year," said Bert Bouwman of Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze in Minnesota.

Measuring about 6-to-7.5 inches in diameter and weighing between 2-to-4 pounds, Butterkin offers the perfect blend of sweet and buttery flavors making it the buttery cream of the crop.  Its flavors make it the perfect addition to soups, pastas, pies and salads. Its creamy and smooth texture makes it extremely versatile and excellent for baking, roasting, steaming and even grilling.  For recipes, go to

"I think the best way to describe it is Butterkin is like butternut's hotter cousin.  It's sweeter than butternut with a creamier texture and less stringiness.  I see it gaining popularity over the next few years as more people are exposed to it," says Michele Collins at Fair Weather Acres in Connecticut.

Butterkin will be harvested in September and be available in parts of the U.S. and Canada.  Supplies are expected to last through November.

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