Thanksgiving 101: The Cushaw

Just in case you want to move on up from sweet potatoes…this just in from a friend. 🙂

Pork Chop Tuesday

The WHAT????!!!


Cushaw–Cucurbita argyrosperma

You may have seen these green and white beauties at your local pumpkin stand or farmer’s market this fall. They are beautiful to use in your fall decorating. Did you know you can eat them?

Cushaw has always been a part of our family’s Thanksgiving feast. Sometimes we would have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, depending on how big of a cushaw we found.

I realize that traditionally at holiday time folks have a sweet potato casserole or sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.

My Dad grew up in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge’s warm climate is perfect for growing cushaw.

I remember my grandmother making it when we would visit. The recipe for Cushaw comes from the Junior League of Baton Rouge Cook Book.


I wish I had taken a picture of my Mom’s cookbook. It is all tattered, stained and well-used looking.


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Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 101: The Cushaw

  1. Katharine, thanks so much for posting this. I, too, have a RiverRoad Cook Book , The Second Helping, as well as the original book. Both my mom’s. Love the recipe for Cushaw. I thought it was a gourd. We’ll be on the lookout for one.

    Merry Christmas!


    1. Wow, DiAne! I have two blogging friends who have this book! And I don’t…

      Hmm! 🙂

      I did not get my mother’s cookbook, because my sister’s daughter wanted it so badly. We agreed she should have it, since my daughter seldom follows directions when cooking. Ha!

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