C. mixta is one of the ancients. It is believed that cushaws were cultivated in Mesoamerica as early at 7000 BC. Still treasured by the Hopi Indians, Cushaws are traditional in Cajun and Creole cooking. This variety hails from the Caribbean.
Cushaw Green Striped Squash, Cucurbita mixta
Approx: 10 seeds
Hailing from the Caribbean, this Cushaw squash also goes by the name Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash. The flesh is light-yellow; it is mild and slightly sweet in flavor; meaty in texture and fibrous. It is also, sometimes called cushaw pumpkin and is often substituted for the standard, orange, jack-o-lantern pumpkin in pie-making.
Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Maturity: 105 days
Height: 10-12 inches
Spread: 48-60 inches
Fruit Size: 10-20 lbs
Squash require loamy soils that can retain some moisture, as they do not like to be left too dry for any extended period of time. They require full sun and like a soil that has some organic material in it to draw nutrients from.
- Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
- Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).
- Squash has many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
- Vitamin A, a & b-carotenes, cryptoxantohin-B, lutein
- B-complex vitamins (folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid)
- Iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
- Amino acid Tryptophan (a health benefiting GABA which is neuro-chemical in the brain).
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