Candy Roaster Squash
This heirloom squash was originally developed by the Cherokee people in the southern Appalachians. The 'Candy Roaster' name was probably a traditional name for the species in order to maintain some degree of varietal purity as different varieties can cross-pollinate at distances of up to a mile, whereas different species will not cross even when grown side by side. This variety enjoys continued popularity, particularly in the southern Appalachians.
It ranges in size (from 10-250 pounds) and color (pink, tan, green, gray, blue, orange) and shape (round, cylindrical, tear drop, etc.). Most, however, have fine-textured orange flesh.