Cucurbita moschata - Provence Musk Squash
  • Cucurbita moschata - Provence Musk Squash
  • Musk Squash fruit is one of the most delicious cucurbits
  • Cucurbita moschata ornamental leaves
  • Cucurbita moschata vegetation

Cucurbita moschata - Musk Squash of Provence - Seeds

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Cucurbita moschata - Musk Squash of Provence
1 packet of 20 seeds





The Musk Squash of Provence has been grown in Provence and in Côte d'Azur (France) for senturies, and is particularly adapted to the mediterranean climate

Its wide, very ornamental leaves, are marbled with silvery spots on a dark green background

Flowering begins quite late in July, and continues throughout the Summer, producing large yellow morning flowers, much appreciated by foraging insects and ants for their abundant pollen and nectar

These flowers can be used to cook delicious squash savory donuts

Male and female flowers are borne on the same plant, and the female flower begets an edible, ribbed fruit, which can be very big and heavy

A very ornamental fruit, juicy, with bright orange and soft flesh, of delicate taste, very fragrant, musky and delicious

It is used in gratins, soups, purees, etc. and even in pastries

One of the best culinary cucurbits !

The seed is also edible and can be eaten raw or grilled

It has deworming properties

An edible oil is extracted from it



Cucurbita moschata is a very vigorous and fast growing squash that requires a lot of space for growing well and bearing fruits

Therefore plant it in an area where it can spread without choking crop plants - it can also be used as a ground cover in order to choke weeded areas

Of fairly easy cultivation, similar to that of zucchinis, it needs a rich soil well amended in manure, and always fresh

In late spring, mulch generously the base of the plants with the weeds you pull or with grass clippings, which will promote growth by (1) maintaining soil moisture and (2) providing slow and regular fertilization during mulch decomposition

The Musk Squash of Provence needs plenty of sun and heat to thrive and fructify, as well as long summers for its fruits to ripen well

It is therefore recommended to sow early in warm shelter, in March-April, then plant in the garden in May after the last risk of frost

In regions with a cool climate, however, it is best growing Cucurbita moschata in a greenhouse to obtain ripe fruit

Fruits can also be harvested before fully ripe and stored indoors in a heated room where they will finish ripening during autumn - harvest as late as possible and before the first frost


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