Winter Squash: Cushaws and Related Types

This is the best group for gardeners who have lots of insect issues and also have a drier climate with less than reliable moisture and or high heat.  While they are a challenge in cool seasons, they do well here in the Midwest. Flesh tends to be pale yellow. Vines can go in many directions. All are C. mixta.

Black Sweet Potato

Black Sweet Potato- 120 days- Blockier version of Green Striped Cushaw only paler in color.  Some fruits will be dark green and others green striped.  Pkt. $1.25  Certified Organic Seed


Campeche- 110 days-  Smaller sized fruits, silver seeded type. Fruits are grey green striped, very seedy with large seeds.  Very productive, excellent for poultry feed. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Gila Cliff Dweller

Gila Cliff Dweller - 100 days -  Large, white skinned with greenish cast streaks.  Fruits can get to 40 pounds.  Heirloom from the Southwest.  Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Gold Striped Cushaw

Gold Striped Cushaw- 100 days-  Beautiful, golden lemon yellow cushaw. Very decorative  and productive  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed

Green Striped Cushaw

Green Striped Cushaw - 95 days- A very old type, that does suffer more insect damage here than others, but does yield quite heavily.  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed 


Hindu- 100 days-  A large, bell-shaped cushaw.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Hopi Cushaw

Hopi Cushaw- 120 days-  A true cushaw shape, mottled orange and shades of green.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Illinois White Crookneck

Illinois White Crookneck- 110 days - a large white  cushaw that does well in the heat.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Japanese Pie

Japanese Pie- 90 days-    Hard shelled, large, thick stems.  Seeds have distinct markings (like Japanese caricatures).  Flesh is excellent when fried (see above recipe).  Pkt. $2.00   Certified Organic Seed


Jonathan- 100 days -  Large, white straightneck cushaw.  Pale flesh.  Excellent for White Pumpkin pie.  Does extremely well in drought conditions.  Some occasional greenish striped sports can occur.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Mexican Wild White Cushaw

90 days- a variety that was sent to me having been gathered in the rural parts of Mexico. I planted it in a very sandy isolation plot and it did well in low fertility and low water environment. It seemed to stay almost dormant during a dry spell and then once rain came it sprung to life and rapidly produced some 6 to 8 pound bell shaped white skinned pale fleshed squash.   Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed.

San Fernando Feral

San Fernando Feral- 99 days-  Mottled green stripes, creamy tan background, medium yellow flesh, 10 pound average.  Pkt. $1.75  Certified Organic Seed

San Juan Pueblo

San Juan Pueblo- 110 days-An interesting pale tan off white  colored cushaw. It has darker colored flesh than most cushaws and looks almost like a moschata- mixta intergrade., having many traits of both species. Fruit averages about 10 pounds. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Silver Edge

Silver Edge- 110 days-  Grown for the seeds mostly because the flesh is low quality.  Superb for poultry.  Seeds are large white with a bluish silver edge.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Tennessee Sweet Potato

Tennessee Sweet Potato- 90 days- Dates to 1847.  This variety kept me trying from year to year as a child. In the mountains of Idaho, I tried all of the tricks I knew. With the cool season the best I could do was golf ball size immature fruits.  It matures with ease here. I spent years trying to get a fruit mature enough to taste.  It is rather bland, but of great historical significance.  It can survive a lot of neglect here in the Midwest and still produce a good crop.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Thick Margin Silver Seed

Thick Margin Silver Seed - 100 days - nice large fruited type with large seeds with a silver rim.  Best used for seeds and stock feed.  Heavy producer.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

White Hopi Cushaw

95 days-rather quick maturing and heavy producing. Produces 2 distinct fruit types, a bell shaped and a long necked typical cushaw type. Flesh is light colored and fruit averages between 10 and 20 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed.

Winter Vining

Winter Vining- 109 days-  Green striped cushaw with thick, mottled stripes, slight crookneck, yellow flesh.   Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Woodrey's Sweet Potato

Woodrey's Sweet Potato- 100 days- sent to me in the  early days of the Seed Savers Exchange by  Minerva Woodrey of Tennessee a 2 shape and 2 color cushaw some traditional cushaw shape and some are bell shape and either golden or green striped.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

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