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Characteristics: Annual vine
Seed per packet: 5
Produce large watermelon like fruit up to 6kg and 20 cm in diameter with bright white mild tasting flesh.
A very versatile species of squash, grown for its edible seeds, fruit, and greens. The flowers, shoots and leaves can be eaten as greens. Young fruit can be cooked and eaten complete with skin and seed and mature fruit are good in jams.
A popular variety often grown for the edible seed, each Chilacayote squash can hold up to five hundred individual black seeds.
Originates from Mexico
Tropical: All Year Round
Sub-tropical: Spring to Summer
Temperate: Spring to Summer.
Cool climate: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer.
Sow: 2cm deep
Best sown direct in a sunny well drained position 3 seeds in a mound 70cm apart. Thin to the stongest two plants in each mound.
Plant space: 70cm
Row space: 70cm
Germination: 7-10 days
Maturity: 6-7 weeks