you all know what a cushaw is

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  1. Tabitha

    Tabitha greenheart

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    it seems they are the only thing that is doing good in my garden. I was given one last year, did not know what to do with it, anyway, every seed it had must have sprouted. Wehave a bumper crop of cushaws it seems. I wonder what makes them do well....must be a hardy plant. so I hope it is really good and not just pretty. Never saw or cooked one before. Thanks in advance
     
  2. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    I grow em also Grandma said they make the best pumpkin pies I would not argue that.Also they keep a few months. 4 or 5 I would say under the right conditions.
     

  3. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    When I was about 7 and living at my grandpa's place in KY he grew a whole field of Cushaws seems like some of em were as big as I was LOL He took off the immature fruit on a few vines to make the remaining ones bigger. That was one big pile of cushaws that year, I think he gave what he could away and grandma froze some for pies. Next to them he grew potatoes, I had so much fun "helping" to dig them up I still love digging potatoes never know how many or what shape you will find.
     
  4. BeckyW

    BeckyW Well-Known Member

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    I'll add to the ditto! It's an heirloom crop - very reliable. And yes it has been grown for generations in my family too (West Virginia/Ohio) and made into pies. Great pies.

    Enjoy!
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  5. Rhen

    Rhen Active Member

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    I have African striped cushaw seeds. Looking forward to planting them now!
     
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    OK OK..If no one else will I will ask..What da hex a cushaw?Ya,ll talk kinda funny down there..Gord in BC
     
  7. cajunmaam

    cajunmaam Well-Known Member

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    My mother cooked cushaw with sugar and cinnamon. She also put a little butter in it. We ate it with homemade bread and it was really good.
     
  8. cajunmaam

    cajunmaam Well-Known Member

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    The cushaw we grew was a squash. It is green and white stripe with a crooked neck.
     
  9. culpeper

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    I haven't a clue what a cushaw is.
     
  10. FoxfireWoman

    FoxfireWoman Questing for Simplicity

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    We raise cushaws every year. They can grow up to around thirty pounds and are great keeper winter squashes. Like others have said, they can be made into pies and also soups. They are also good just split in half, seeded and baked. They taste richer than a butternut and are similar in texture to pumkin.

    Enjoy your cushaws.
     
  11. culpeper

    culpeper Well-Known Member

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    If they're pumpkin-things, I don't want to know about it. :rolleyes:
     
  12. jnap31

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    Why not Culpeper maybe you will have better luck with them than other squash.They are pretty hardy and are so sweet and good.
     
  13. suburbanite

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    Sounds like a hubbard or a chiogga squash.
     
  14. culpeper

    culpeper Well-Known Member

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    I am a Pumpkinphobic. I hate, detest, loathe, abhor, despise them in all forms! Eating them, I mean. I can quite easily feed them to pigs, but it's a stomach-churning sight, and I do feel sorry for the pigs.
     
  15. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cushaws are a large, green and white striped squash. Absolutely delicious in anything calling for pumpkin. Most of our "pumpkin" pies over the years have actually been Cushaw pies. Gotta love that beautiful, hardy squash!!
     
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    Ozark jewels..
    Thank you

    I love squash..Sure woulkd like to try these..anyone got a few seeds to part with/sell??I,m in canada and would be happy to try..Thanx
    Gord in BC
     
  17. RedTartan

    RedTartan Icelandic Sheep Supporter

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    They sound beautiful. Can they be dried?

    :) RedTartan