Hello, Thank you for visiting. Chilacayote.com is the home of Little pauma valley ranch. Located in the Hills just below Palomar Mountain. At a 1500 foot elevation with an old growth Avocado orchard giving partial shade to most of this mountain property. It turns out to be the perfect location for mountain loving Chilacayote Squash (Cucurbita Ficifolia). When we first arrived here there were dozens of 14 pound plus Chilacayote's hanging 20 feet up in the Avocado canopy.
Though we Initially sold our Chilacayote squash direct - We are now making seeds available for you to grow this wonderful strain for your self and save on fuel and shipping costs. Given proper pollination (It seems bee's are our primary pollinator) this vigorous and medicinal squash can grow through out most of the U.S. and Europe.
We have had dozens and dozens of orders for professional growers in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and New Zealand.
"Pauma Valley" Cucurbita ficifolia is also known as: fig-leaved gourd, malabar gourd, Thai marrow, shark fin melon, chiverre, and pie melon
Most of South America and Mexico knows this amazing medicinal squash as Chilacayote, Cuba as calabaza china (chinese pumpkin), Costa Rica as Chiverre, Asia as Shark fin melon and siam pumkin, Cayote in Argentina, Chila or Gila in Portugal, Potiron cheveux d'ange in France, calabaza de cabello de angel (angels hair) in Spain, Alcayota in Chili
Here is a wonderful article on the Hypoglycemic action of Cucurbita ficifolia on Type 2 diabetic patients with moderately high blood glucose levels
We have over the years naturally planted additional Chilacayote Squash, Passion fruit & Calabaza squash throughout several Micro climate locations so that they naturally and in a symbiotic way grow within the old orchard. This Naturally keeps weeds down (the Cucurbita Ficifolia is now competing with several wild grape stands and with a little help will eventually win the battle)
(California Water prices have been ridiculously and without warrant risen to the point that most family orchards under 10 acres are working to pay the water dept. and many have just given up, our new administration tells us to prepare for water to increase 3x in the coming years!)
Mainland Chinese Avocados & vegetables anyone? What is our state and fed government thinking? Reservoirs that were full when I was a child allowed the majority of our record rainfall last year to simply flow into our oceans and little minows are given precedence to human beings....
We hope and are working hard so that our sustainable, pesticide free intermixed crops of Chilacayote Squash, Calabaza and Passion fruit (Grenadilla) will be the difference in allowing us to water and maintain the beautiful old growth orchard.
Call us for local wholesale orders in Southern California (San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Inland Empire counties) for wholesale pricing with 30 % to 40 % Discounts and availabilty on 200 - 2000 pound orders including delivery. Order early, First come first serve.
Please email me at Milton@pretenderstrategic.com
smaller orders are available for pick up at several farmers markets locations. or can be ordered here online. Southern California orders please click here for lower parcel shipping costs