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Basic Collection Information and Status
Squash (Cucurbita argyrosperma sororia, Cucurbitaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site Nayarit, Mexico (latitude: 22°; altitude: 2,600 ft / 800 m)
Collection Year 1984
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Nayarit Wild CushawEA041
"Coyote Breasts." Produces a small, 5 inch pear shaped green fruits. This variety is from Nayarit, Mexico and is one of NS/S farthest south collections. Will cross with domesticated cushaw squash (C. argyrosperma).
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Characterization and Evaluation
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|Squash Introduction||Cultivation Instructions||Seed Saving Instructions|
|Wild squash species can still be found throughout the Americas. Archaeologists have determined cushaw squashes were originally domesticated in central Mexico at least 5,000 years ago.||In spring after soil warms, or with summer rains, sow a few seeds 1" deep in basins 3-6' apart, allowing room for lengthy vine growth.||An insect-pollinated annual, varieties of the same species will cross. Allow fruits to ripen and mature on the vine until skin is hard and stem brown. After harvesting, fruit needs to after-ripen for 30 days in cool location. Remove seeds, wash and dry before storage.|