Cushaw Squash Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Cushaw Squash Seeds
“”” On Ti Chuka”” Is Welcome from the Coushatta American Natives” who along with other American Natives grow this winter squash with an 18-month shelf life, up to 3 years. The American early settlers call if “Potato Squash “ Squash Taste sweeter than a pumpkin, and flake up like a Spaghetti Squash. Cucurbita argyrosperma. This United States Heirloom Squash date’s 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 or 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 curved neck 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 pumpkins seeds, high in protein. They contain high amounts of beta carotene, potassium, Vitamin C, and a whole range of B Vitamins.