Cucurbita pepo var. pepo
Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Sow five to six seeds per basin; thin out to three plants per station. Gem squash can be trained onto a trellis, with seeds planted 1m apart.
Water well during dry weather and feed with liquid fertilizer every 10 days once the fruits start to swell.
Soil should be rich and well drained.
Dehusked seeds are a delicious snack and can be added to bread, biscuits, stuffings and stir-fries, and the pulp is a great ingredient in roasts, fritters and pies. The flowers are also edible and can be added to dishes as a flavouring.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Plant near mealies, beans and radishes. also plant garlic and chives near them, this helps with mildew.
Gem squash is low in Saturated Fat, Sodium and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
|Common pests and diseases|
Pumpkin fly, aphids. Mildew.
Five plants should yield enough squash for a family of five.
Gem squash is a variety of summer squash. It is commonly served as a vegetable in South Africa, often boiled or baked.
Botanical Pronunciation: koo-KER-bih-ta PEP-oh var. PEP-oh
Cucurbita pepo var. pepo requirements and featuresinfo on these icons
Requires moderate maintenance.