Update 10-2-2013

The calabaza (auyama) is coming along nicely:

Calabaza -Auyama 10-2

Calabaza -Auyama 10-2

The calabaza is called auyama in the Dominican Republic. It is similar to the pumpkin, but has a green and yellow extrior. It is used in many dishes, but I have never seen it eaten alone or as a main dish.  This post is about growing calabaza from seed.
I bought a piece of auyama so that I could take seeds from it. Luckily my wife and mother in law both had great ideas of what to do with the fruit, including making a delicious peas dish, and a soup.

First let me say that after drying out these seeds for a day or two, and soaking them in water over night, they had a VERY high sprout rate. I think there must have been over a 90% germination rate. These calabazas grow to the size of a medium sized melon, so I wound up killing off almost all the seedlings. I had to to that, but it had to be done.

Take a look:

Auyama Seed Germinating

Auyama Seed Germinating

Auyama Germinating 9-20

Auyama (Background) Germinating 9-20

Auyama 9-22 - They grow Fast!

Auyama 9-22 – They grow Fast!

Auyama (calabaza) 9-24

Auyama (calabaza) 9-24

 

 


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