New Crop on the Block: Calabaza Pumpkin in Florida

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2021: $399,999.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2024
Grant Recipients: University of Florida; University of Puerto Rico ; University of Georgia
Region: Southern
State: Florida
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Geoffrey Meru
University of Florida
Dr. Carlene Chase
University of Florida
Dr. Andrew MacIntosh
University of Florida
Dr. Angela Ramírez
University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar
University of Florida
Andre da Silva
Auburn University
The calabaza squash (or Cuban pumpkin) is a nutritional powerhouse that is adapted to Florida’s tropical climate with minimal irrigation requirements, easy to grow, almost pest free, and an excellent crop you can use in rotation with others. Learn how to grow them in your garden from Dr. Geoffrey Meru, the University of Florida researcher looking at helping commercial growers turn them into the state’s next niche crop.
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