"Cucurbita maxima", species originated in South America from the wild "Cucurbita andreana" over 4000 years ago. One of the most common varieties of this winter squash Buttercup squash has a turban shape (a flattish top) and dark green skin, weighing 3-5 pounds, and normally heavy with dense, yellow-orange flesh.

Buttercup squash can be roasted, baked, and mashed into soups, among a variety of filler uses, much like pumpkin. It is extremely popular, especially as a soup, in Brazil and Africa.

Buttercup Squash