Annual Report 2001 - Cornell University
003 Selected Faculty Research

09 Producing an Award-Winning Vegetable

Molly Jahn, Plant Breeding, bred Cornell's Bush Delicata, a squash with cream-color skin and forest-green stripes. It is the first Cornell University-developed variety to win the prestigious All-America Selection in 39 years. This seed industry award is the highest honor bestowed on a vegetable variety in North America. Cornell's Bush Delicata is not a hybrid. It is an open-pollinated variety, which means that the seed can be saved. Although the delicata was popular during the early twentieth century, it was hampered by poor yields and susceptibility to disease. Cornell's Bush Delicata has excellent eating quality—a sweet, nutty heirloom flavor—and it is disease resistant. It also has a long shelf life—about 100 days.

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