Tags: Certified Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated

Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers

Latin Name: Cucurbita moschata

Days to Maturity: 150 days

Description:

Really good tasting squash with very unusual color. At least half are GREEN ON THE INSIDE. The rest are orange or chocolate. Very good sweetness and dry matter, and good keeping quality. Interesting and pleasant aromatic flavor - the greener ones have almost a spinach flavor. The green color deepens in storage, and comes out even more in cooking - some fruits that look orange-brown if cut open at harvest time would be green later. Matures in Central Virginia, but it takes the whole season. Excellent downy mildew resistance.
We got this variety from Jay Bost of Hawaii - it originally comes from the Lago Atitlan region of Guatemala. We've learned from Jay that there is likely some Chinese pumpkin crossed in. This has made the squashes less green on the whole, but also shortened the time to maturity and increased the productivity for our climate.
We're actively working with the variety - here's where things are with it: In 2020 we grew 12 plants and self pollinated each one. We measured yields and evaluated eating quality and interior color. In 2021 we grew small blocks of the five best 2020 selections to gather more information about each one. We found two clear favorites: 'Selection 81' was the only selection that has fruits with dark green interior, likely representing the original uncrossed Guatemalan genetics. It has very good eating quality but low yields, likely due to lateness. 'Selection 70' has a lighter green or green-orange interior, but much better yields. It also has very good eating quality. Also in 2021 we managed to cross these two selections together. In 2022 we grew the first generation of that cross, and the result is a medium-dark green fleshed squash that has moderate lateness and moderate yields. We expect the next generation to be more variable. In 2023 we will do another round of selection with the goal of finding plants that combine green flesh, relative earliness, productivity and eating quality.
10 seeds/gram. Grown at Twin Oaks Seed Farm.

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    What's the average weight? Would it be happy on a trellis?

    Posted by Ann Ryder on 11/23/2017

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    • Shape and weight are somewhat variable, but about 2.5-4.5 pounds. Very vigorous plants, so it would need to be a large and sturdy trellis, for instance cattle panel arches.

      Posted by Common Wealth Seed Growers Cooperative on 11/23/2017

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Guatemalan Green Ayote (Tropical Pumpkin) - Certified Organic (Pre-Order)

Unit SizePriceDescription
1.5 Grams $4.00 Approx. 15 seeds

$4.00

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Orders will ship on 12/15/2022

Common Wealth Seed Growers

Louisa, VA, United States (Zone 7a)
Established in 2014
14.00 acres in production

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