Tags: Certified Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated

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

Latin Name: Cucurbita moschata

Days to Maturity: 130 days


Really good tasting squash with very unusual color. Most of these squash are GREEN ON THE INSIDE. 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. Fruit shapes include butternut as well as ones that are shorter and with more ribbing. They have green, white and orange stripes, ripening in storage to more orange and tan coloration.
Edmund Frost 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. Selection for green interior color, shorter season, and productivity (while maintaining eating and keeping quality) is ongoing. 11 seeds/gram. Grown by Twin Oaks Seed Farm.

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    As an aside, I came across a cut section of a calabaza at an Asian grocery that had a green placenta but with orange flesh. I grew out the seeds but none the plants had green placental tissue. Is this a related strain or variant of the green ayote?

    Posted by KURT Wickham on 07/14/2023

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    • I've seen a touch of green coloration show up in some other moschata squashes over the years - usually near the rind but also in the middle around the seeds. I don't think they're necessarily close relatives of each other, but I do expect they share some of the same parentage and genetics. Edmund for CWSG

      Posted by Common Wealth Seed Growers Cooperative on 07/14/2023

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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

Unit SizePriceDescription
1.5 Grams $4.50 Approx. 17 seeds


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

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