Cucurbita moschata
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Butternut squash, a variety of Cucurbita moschata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
C. moschata
Binomial name
Cucurbita moschata
  • Cucurbita colombiana (Zhit.) Bukasov
  • Cucurbita hippopera Ser.
  • Cucurbita macrocarpa Gasp.
  • Cucurbita meloniformis Carrière
  • Cucurbita pepo var. moschata Duchesne
  • Gymnopetalum calyculatum Miq.
  • Pepo moschata (Duchesne) Britton

Cucurbita moschata is a species originating in either Central America or northern South America.[2] It includes cultivars known as squash or pumpkin. C. moschata cultivars are generally more tolerant of hot, humid weather than cultivars of C. maxima or C. pepo. They also generally display a greater resistance to disease and insects, especially to the squash vine borer. Commercially made pumpkin pie mix is most often made from varieties of C. moschata. The ancestral species of the genus Cucurbita were present in the Americas before the arrival of humans. Evolutionarily speaking the genus is relatively recent in origin as no species within the genus is genetically isolated from all the other species. C. moschata acts as the genetic bridge within the genus and is closest to the genus' progenitor.[3]


Cultivars include:

  • Al Hachi – a winter squash used in Kashmir, usually dried
  • Aehobak – a summer squash, also called Korean zucchini
  • Brazilian crook neck, Abóbora de pescoço or Abóbora seca – a large, curved-neck variety with deep orange flesh and dark green skin with light orange highlights found in Brazil.[4]
  • Butternut squash – a popular winter squash in much of North America
  • Calabaza – a commonly grown winter squash in the Caribbean, tropical America, and the Philippines
  • Dickinson pumpkinLibby's uses a proprietary strain of Dickinson for its canned pumpkin.[5][6]
  • Giromon – a large, green cultivar, grown primarily in the Caribbean. Haitians use it to make the traditional "soupe giromon".[7]
  • Golden Cushaw – Similar in shape but a different species than the common Cucurbita argyrosperma "cushaw" type.
  • Loche – a landrace of squashes from Peru.[8]
  • Liscia – grows early in the season, reaching maturation after 115 to 130 days[9]
  • Long Island cheese pumpkin – the exterior resembles a wheel of cheese in shape, color, and texture
  • Musquée de Provence, Moscata di Provenza or Fairytale pumpkin – a large hybrid from France with sweet, fragrant, deep-orange flesh often sold by the slice due to its size. [10]
  • Naples long squash or Courge pleine de Naples – a large, long squash with deep green skin and small bulb at the end. It is 10 to 25 kg on average and found in France and Italy[11]
  • São Paulo pumpkin or Abóbora paulista is a butternut-shaped variety with well-defined white and green stripes along its length
  • Seminole pumpkin – an heirloom variety originally cultivated by the Seminole Native Americans of Florida
  • Tromboncino – a summer squash, also known as "Zucchetta"[12]



  1. ^ The Plant List, Cucurbita moschata
  2. ^ Hui, Yiu H. (2006). "Pumpkins and Squashes". Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering. 1. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. pp. 20–10. ISBN 9781420027518.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Thomas W.; Bemis, W. P. (1975). "Origin and Evolution of the Cultivated Cucurbita". Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. New York: Torrey Botanical Society. 102 (6): 362–368. doi:10.2307/2484762. JSTOR 2484762.
  4. ^ "Abóbora-de-Pescoço". Instituto Brasil a Gosto. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
  5. ^ Robinson, R. W. "Squash and Pumpkin" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Stephens, James M. "Pumpkin — Cucurbita spp". University of Florida. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  7. ^ West-Duran, Alan (2003). African Caribbeans: a reference guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 110. ISBN 0-313-31240-0.
  8. ^ Andres TC, R Ugás, F Bustamante. 2006. Loche: A unique pre-Columbian squash locally grown in North Coastal Peru. In: Proceedings of Cucurbitaceae 2006. G.J. Holmes (eds.) Universal Press, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. pp. 333-340.
  9. ^ Maťová, Adriána; Hegedűsová, Alžbeta; Andrejiová, Alena; Hegedűs, Ondrej; Golian, Marcel; Šlosár, Miroslav; Lidiková, Judita; Lošák, Tomáš (11 May 2021). "Evaluation of Storage and Freezing, Baking, and Boiling Treatments on Total Carotenoids Content in the Fruits of Selected Cucurbita moschata Duch. Varieties". Journal of Food Quality. 2021: 1–9. doi:10.1155/2021/5584652.
  10. ^ "Squash". What's Cooking America. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
  11. ^ Marie, Isa. "La Courge Pleine de Naples". Grelinette et Cassolettes. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Zucchetta". Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center: Vegetable Research and Extension. Washington State University. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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