Cushaw Squash Native American 20 Seeds
Heirloom Cushaw Squash 10 Seeds
“”” On Ti Chuka”” Is Welcome from the Coushatta American Natives” who along with other American Natives grow this winter squash with 18 months to 3-year shelf life away from sunlight to last for 3 years. . The American early settlers called it “Potato Squash “ Squash tastes sweeter than a pumpkin, and flakes up like a Spaghetti Squash. Cucurbita argyrosperma. This United States Heirloom Squash dates back to the Native Americans long before any European settlers arrived. Their hard skins allow them to be stored for over 12 months at a time. This green-stripped Cushaw is believed to have been in America sometime between 7000 and 3000 B.C., grown by American Natives. My visit to the Coushatta Indian Reservation in 2009 confirms the research. The plant produces good yields of 20" long with a curved neck "not like a pumpkin". The skin is white with green stripes. It has thick orange-yellow flesh. The flesh can be eaten boiled, steamed, roasted, or baked. The neck can be cut off and peeled, sliced, or fried with olive oil, onions, salt, and pepper for a tasty side dish replacing potatoes. The seeds can be roasted like pumpkin seeds, high in protein. They contain high amounts of beta carotene, potassium, Vitamin C, and a whole range of B Vitamins. The Beautiful Native Americans put these Cushaw Squash into the woods to help feed runaway slaves who got their freedom from Forth Monroe here in Virginia.