This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the year 1668, two Catholic missionaries, Claude Troure and Francis de Salignac de Fene-lon, of the society of the Sulpitians proceeded on their journey to the Iroquois villages, located on Quinte Bay, on the north side of Lake Ontario, and on the 28th of October they arrived at Kente, the seat of their mission, located at the western extremity of the bay. On their arrival they were cordially welcomed by the Indians, and regaled with the best they had.
The feast consisted only of some Citrouilles (squashes) fricassed with grease and--------------which they found good; they said, " they are indeed excellent in this country, and cannot enter into comparison with those of Europe. It may even be said that it is wronging them to give them the name of Citrouilles. They are of a very great variety of shapes, and scarcely one has any resemblance to those in France. There are some so hard as to require a hatchet if you wish to split them before cooking. All have different names."
Having lately run across the above information in regard to the Hubbard (?) squash. I •would send it to you.
[This is indeed an early notice of these squashes. John Bartram who visited these tribes more than half a century later, notes the great variety of squashes cultivated by them, but we do not remember that he refers to this hard shell kind which may, as suggested by our correspondent, be the parent of the Hubbard. - Ed. G. M.]