What are the pros? Squash vine borer resistant!
What are the cons? None really
I received seeds from a friend who grows these in her West Texas cow pasture (fenced off). That area gets very little rain, so I worried about growing in the South Texas coastal area, since we are considered sub-tropical. They grow well for me here, despite the squash vine borers and the fact that I pretty much ignore them after planting. I added rabbit manure and a little mulch at planting and used my drip irrigation when necessary. They are very hardy. I did no other fertilizing or care other than keep the majority of the weeds out. (Hers were larger, but I didn't fertilize very much)
I would liken them to the taste of a zucchini but I like the texture better, though. When you cook a zucchini it tends to get wet and limp, whereas a cushaw will stay firmer and drier. I like to stir fry these cut up with other vegetables in oil and a little ginger and touch of brown sugar. Makes the best stir-fry, and my friend still mentions it when I see her, even though that was over a year ago!
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