Lab Tech I
It bested them all by such a wide margin in earliness, sweetness and complexity that we declined to add any of those others. Bred by David Podoll of North Dakota to be intermediate between its parents, small early maturing Early Canada and enormous late-maturing Black Diamond, its skin light green with dark green stripes and its flesh red. Blooms strong until frost, championing orange in the garden till the pumpkins take over. Market growers will find Gildenstern to be uniformly early maturing and slow-bolting, but bitter in heat. However, when combined with Ventura, the harshness and textural flaws disappeared into a delicious chewy stem with plenty of interior red color. Solstice is noted for its zillion side shoots that follow the main head. 4' stalks.