Gold Nugget


A winter squash with a bush growth habit making it ideal for small gardens.


Cucurbita maxima

Gold Nugget is special kind of winter squash.  First, the plants are bushy (like courgettes) and do not produce long trailing vines like other winter squash varieties. This means they comfortably fit into even the most spatially-challenged gardens.

Second, the fruit are small (about 10 to 11cm in diameter) and are the ideal size for feeding one person.

And third, the fruit are on the savoury side of the taste spectrum, making this variety a good choice for cooks who don’t like their winter squashes tasting excessively sweet. The orange flesh has a smooth, moist texture, and is great for making pumpkin pies, thickening sauces, and adding to soups and stews.

Number of seeds per pack: 10




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a) Fruit should be harvested when they are mature, sometime in the autumn. Fortunately, maturity of Gold Nugget is easily determined: the thick green stems of the fruit turn dry, brown and corky.
b) Fruit should be brought undercover before the first frost.
c) Harvest with secateurs, leaving about 2 to 3cm of stem on the fruit.

2023 Trial

In 2023 we re-tested Gold Nugget in a trial that included other winter squashes. Three plants were grown, and they yielded 7, 11, and 12 orange fruit respectively, giving an average yield of 10 fruit per plant. These numbers are quite impressive, especially since the plants were only semi-trailing and relatively short (about 1 to 2 metres long). Fruit averaged about 500 to 600g in weight and 11cm in diameter.
The flesh was not only moist, but it was also simpler flavoured and more savoury than other winter squashes.