SQUASH Chilacayote - Cucurbita ficifolia

Fig Leaf Gourd

SKU: V 600
Stock: In Stock
Restrictions: NZ Prohibited

Family: Cucurbitaceae
Characteristics: Annual vine

Seed per packet: Approx. 6
Seed per gram:  Approx. 6

$4.95 AUD Excl. GST

Often referred to as Fig leaf gourd SQUASH Chilacayote produces 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. Flowers, shoots, and leaves can be eaten as greens. Young fruit can be cooked and eaten whole with skin and seed; mature fruit is good in jams.
A popular variety is often grown for the edible seed, each Chilacayote squash can hold up to five hundred individual black seeds.

Native to central Mexico.

Grow notes:

Tropical: All Year Round
Spring to Summer
Temperate: Spring to Summer.
Cool climate: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer.

Sow: 2cm deep
Best sown directly in a sunny well-drained position 3 seeds in a mound 70cm apart. Thin to the strongest two plants in each mound.
Plant space: 70cm
Row space: 70cm
Germination: 7-10 days
Maturity: 6-7 weeks

Image by Eréales Kille Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 1.0)

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