Cushaw
Cushaw
Photo: Cushaw Autumn Colors, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, September 23 2013
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2013. Available autumn, 2013

Genus: Cucurbita argyrosperma
Height: 15 - 20"
Width: 5
-8"
Weight: 6 - 12 lbs.
Colour: striped green and white, or orange and white
Skin Texture: smooth
Flesh: Orange

Likely the oldest squash variety under cultivation, Green Striped Cushaw was first farmed in Mesoamerica thousands of years ago. An excavation at the Mexican pyramid Teotihuacan uncovered cushaw squash seeds estimated to be 7,000 years old. A U.S. Ark of Taste selection..

Carving: Cushaws have a tough skin, power tools are recommended for carving these beauties.

Culinary: Traditionally cultivated more for its seeds than the flesh.