Mystery squash!

JessYoungsMay 11, 2012

I feel awfully stupid for having to post on a gardening forum to figure out what the heck I have grown in my garden, but it matches nothing else that I planted, and Googling hasn't solved it yet.....

The squash varieties INTENTIONALLY planted were basic: zucchini, yellow crookneck, acorn, and butternut. All have produced appropriate fruits. Except one.

It's vining much like the butternut, but the fruit is dark green in color, with a narrower neck. The skin is actually almost identical to an acorn squash. I picked one that was approximatey the size of a softball, with a narrow 6-inch neck. I sliced it open, and the flesh resembles that of a butternut (creamy, pale orange) but with a much sweeter smell. Very, very sweet-smelling. I baked it, and the texture AFTER cooking seemed a bit more fibery, but I still couldn't place the flavor. Very tasty!

In other words, I'm stumped. I thought maybe it was just a freak happens. But I've since noticed several others on the same plant with the same shape and coloring.

Can anyone help me identify this guy?

(if I figure out how to post a photo, I will)

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

With a picture it might be possible to ID it. But even then it could be impossible if it is the result of some weird cross pollinated seed - they do make it into seed packets now and them.

There are any number of posts and even a FAQ here on how to post pics that the search would pull up for you. Basically you just put the pics on one of the image hosting websites like photobucket or Flicker and then copy and paste the HTML URL they give you for it in your message here.


Here is a link that might be useful: How to post photo guidelines

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 1:00PM
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snowgardener(z4 NY)

I've had some squash that sound just like that growing out of my compost for the past few years. I think they must have been some sort of cross but we have eaten a few (we also call them mystery squash) and I think they taste, and have a texture, like spaghetti squash.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 2:35PM
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