Cushaw striped pumpkin, also known as Tennessee Cushaw or Cushaw Squash, is a variety of pumpkin that is native to the southern United States, particularly in the Appalachia region. It is a large, winter squash that is known for its distinctive green and white striped skin and its sweet, dense flesh.
Cushaw striped pumpkins are large, typically reaching around 20-30 pounds, and have a green and white striped skin with a slightly ribbed surface. They have a sweet, dense flesh that is often used in pies, breads, soups and casseroles. They are also popular for decoration, as the unique color and shape make them a great addition to fall displays.
To grow Cushaw striped pumpkin, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Pumpkins prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. The seeds should be planted in a sunny location, in hills about 2-3 inches deep, about 6-8 inches apart. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Once the plants are established, they require regular fertilization.
Cushaw striped pumpkins are a warm-season crop and they typically take about 90-120 days to mature. They are ready for harvest when the skin is hard, the stem is dry and the color is uniform. They can be stored for several months in a cool, dry place.
It’s worth noting that Cushaw striped pumpkins are a heirloom variety and have been passed down for generations, and it’s a great choice for gardeners who want to add a unique and flavorful pumpkin to their harvest.