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Ancient Squash in Your Garden – Cushaws Rock!
It’s funny, how I take some things for granted.For instance, Green-Striped Cushaw. A fall staple at Grandpa’s market stand, I can remember lugging the squashes around when I wasn’t much bigger than they were.
It’s fair to say, the search for Green Striped Cushaw seed launched this blog. How could something so ancient, suddenly disappear from seed catalogs?
Are we loosing our food heritage?
Slow Food’s Ark of Taste has Green-Striped Cushaw on its list. Usually reserved for endangered varieties, Cushaw is in the lineup to reignite interest.
What’s Green-Striped Cushaw Good For?
I’m glad you asked! Mark Sohn wrote in Appalachian Home Cooking: History Culture and Recipes:
“For the first course, serve cushaw soup along with cushaw bread and pear honey. Follow this with a main course of savory cushaw pie and a cushaw cavity filled with tender chicken goulash. For dessert, serve cushaw cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and creamy caramel bourbon sauce.”
Need I say more?
Planning for Return of the Green Striped Cushaw
Don’t let that phrase confuse you. Winter Squash are planted in late spring, and are usually hard fleshed making them perfect for winter storage.
For gardeners plagued by squash vine borers, cushaws are a great alternative to pumpkins because of its pest resistance.
If you have plenty of room for vines to sprawl, grow some Green-Striped Cushaws this year.
Frankly, I cannot imagine my garden without them!
Seed Sources and Links of Interest
Mark Sohn’s book Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes is available through Amazon.
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