Carol Deppe wrote about creating several squash, but only a couple made it into commerce - Sweet Meat - Oregon Homestead, and Candystick Dessert Delicata.
Two others are not available, but I think some of us could attempt to re-create them.
Sandwich Slice rated an entire chapter of her first book, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties. She developed it in 1998, trying to develop a large version of Sugar Loaf. Her description of her planning is very interesting, but her plans were thwarted by bad weather, so Sandwich Slice was an accidental result of crossing Connecticut Field (a large pumpkin) with an F1 of Sugar Loaf X a bush acorn. One plant produced delicious fruit that she ate raw.
The other is Goldini which has been pledged to OSSI. There have been quite a few queries about where to buy seeds, but none seem available.
Carol describes how she developed it here: osseeds.org/goldini-zucchini/
Seeds of the two original parents should still be available. I already have seeds of Costata Romanesco and will just have to buy Gold Rush hybrid zucchini (Seminis).
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada a cool mediterranean climate - rainy winter, dry summer
Best of luck with this project. I had also considered doing my own crosses of Costata Romanesco & Gold Rush F1. Has Sandwich Slice ever been offered for sale? I'm not sure if Gold Rush F1 is an actual hybrid. Some open-pollinated seed companies here sell it as just 'Gold Rush'; it may be an instance of being labeled F1 to put off growers from saving their own seed.
I have never seen Sandwich Slice seeds for sale, and Carol did not mention it in her next two books.
In her third book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, she again was trying to develop a bigger Sugar Loaf, which was her aim when she grew Sandwich Slice. Instead, she developed Candystick.
She wrote: a cross between a delicata and a big pumpkin with poor eating quality would involve dozens, perhaps even hundreds of genes affecting fruit size and quality, with nearly all the genes for poor quality being dominant. I would likely have to grow hundreds or even thousands of plants for generations in order to recover a plant with good delicata flavor and quality. I wasn't up for it."
In the spring of 2000 Carol was planning to sow the selfed seeds of Sandwich Slice, but that is the last heard. I guess it didn't work out.
Gold Rush was a 1980 AAS Vegetable Winner
This is what was written at the time it won: Gold Rush hybrid squash is a bright waxy golden-yellow squash with the shape and taste of zucchini.
There are no details about its parentage, though.
I guess I'll buy seeds of all the yellow zucchini I can find, and see how they taste, then cross some with Costata Romanesco.
Post by prairiegardens on Feb 4, 2020 0:43:39 GMT -5
Does anyone know what the story is with Carole? I hope she is ok. Like others have said, I got no reply to my email asking about Goldini and the Beefy Resilient Bean Grex.. I have found the bean(s)
for sale in a couple of places but it seems to come to Canada I would have to get it from Ireland...still looking. Not a sniff about Goldini other than her own post in the 2018 catalog and OSSI...she seems to have just dropped off the face of the planet.