(Cucurbita moschata) Central America is the origin and home of Cucurbita moschata. Commonly known representatives of this species among home gardeners include the Butternut Squash, the long necked Tahitian Squash, Cinderella Pumpkins and some of the so called “above ground” sweet potato squash. Throughout Central America one finds great diversity among the “Moschatas”. In Guatemala there are an enormous variety of pea-green fleshed squash that to the uninitiated look really weird. This variety; quite large and stocky, is grown in Costa Rica. The flesh is excellent, rich and deep orange. It will probably need around 150 days to mature, meaning that it won’t likely be the best selection for zone 5 north. This squash is very ornamental with its green stripes, as it ripens.. the entire squash turns a burnt umber tan with darker brown stripes.