Pumpkin, Cushaw Green Striped

500 in stock

    • 45 $


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PUMPKIN, Cushaw Green Striped – Cucurbito argyrosperma

FULL SUN Introduced in the 1820s, this 10-12 lb., pear-shaped with a crookneck pumpkin has creamy white skin with green mottled stripes and pale yellow flesh. Flesh is medium coarse with sweet distinctive flavor. Plant in late spring after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to a depth of 6 in. Plant in hills, 4 ft. apart. When seedlings are 3 in. high, thin, leaving 4 plants per hill. Well rotted manure or compost dug into the soil where the seeds are to be planted is highly beneficial. Harvest fruits only after they are fully matured and just before the first frost. Remove from vine leaving part of the stem attached to the fruit. Store in a moderately warm, dry area.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Pumpkin 8 in. 1 in. 7-10 100

Pumpkin, Cushaw Green Striped

Squash, beans and corn, known as the “Three Sisters” comprised the trinity that was the staple diet of ancient America. Unbelievably, remains of wild or, possibly, cultivated squash have been found in Mexico that date to 9000 BC. Similar archaeological evidence has been unearthed in South America, Central America and northern, North America. The wild varieties of squash were quite small and unpleasantly bitter tasting. Ancient peoples were not attracted to these vegetables for food. Instead, it is hypothesized, that ancient peoples collected the squash and dried them to make rattles and instruments for ceremonies and containers for storage and eating. Eventually, the ancient peoples came to appreciate and value the squash seeds which were rich in nutritious oils. After, perhaps centuries, ancient farmers began to select for and cultivate varieties of squash that produced pleasant tasting flesh.

The squash family can generally be divided into two classes – winter squash and summer squash – and fundamentally four species: c. maxima, c. argyrosperma, c. moschata and c. pepo. Of the four species, three represent both summer and winter squash. The maximas are exclusively winter squash.

C. argyrosperma are believed to be native to Guatemala and some areas of the southwestern United States where they have been cultivated since ancient times for their nutritious, flavorful, seeds more than their flesh.. This group includes the winter squash known as cushaws. Argyrosperma are drought tolerant and their flesh is stringier and less flavorful than other squash.

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