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Guyana Pumpkin
Cucurbita moschata 'Guyana'
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
This pumpkin is elongated, ribbed, and pointed. Its colour varies from orange to dark green with beautiful light green stipples. Guyana pumpkin is popularly consumed and has deep orange flesh and a rich flavour. It is eaten in stews, soups, curries, fritters, and often with shrimp or salt fish. Pumpkin leaf is used to treat hemorrhages in north western Guyana, the pureed flesh has been used as a poultice to treat headaches and tumours, and the seed oil is used to make red skin spots disappear. These squash seeds were found in the bustling Bourda Market in Georgetown in the spring of 2012. This moschata type ‘Guyana Pumpkin’ was the only type of squash on offer there and the only type seen while travelling in north eastern Guyana.
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