Turbinata variety. Its scientific name is Cucurbita pepo var. turbinata 'Fordhook Acorn'.
Introduced in 1890 by W. Atlee Burpee Seed Co. in the U.S., they were named for the company research farm, Fordhook, in Pennsylvania. Growing to 2 lbs, the golden-coloured fruits are long and deeply-ribbed with firm, dry flesh. It is also known as "Early Fordhook", "Fordhook Marrow", "Fordhook Vine" and "Fordhook Oblong". A bush type selection was introduced around 1906 under the name "Fordhook Bush". Fordhook Marrow
Vining type. According to a 1928 Burpee Seed Catalogue, they could be eaten as summer squash or winter squash; Eaten fresh at 56 days or for baking at 85 days.
This extremely rare large tan acorn migrated from France to Louisiana to Ohio to Basco, IL, where it was maintained by the Paydon family since the 1860s. Flavor, texture and sweetness remind us of Delicata and Sweet Dumpling. Delicious yellow flesh, though a bit stringy. Teardrop-shaped fruits turn from creamy-tan to bright yellow in storage. Extremely vigorous vines give moderate yields of 3 lb fruits. Requires too long a season for cold northerly areas. 105 days.