Mystery Squash

bunny0908July 19, 2014

Hi all. I purchased a squash plant that was labelled butternut squash, but obviously it isn't. I've looked and looked for a pic that matches it, but can't find one. Can anyone help me identify it? It started out green and striped, in the shape of a small football. Now it has turned yellow/orange.

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bunny0908

Here is a pic of a new one.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:29PM
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glib(5.5)

It is a mongrel.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:41PM
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bunny0908

The inside. Is that a pumpkin seed? As you can tell, I'm a very new gardner:).

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:42PM
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bunny0908

And last photo (promise!), the leaf. Someone said it is a mongrel. What is that exactly?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:46PM
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farmerdill

Basicly a pumpkin ( a type of squash) that is probably cross pollinated. Squash are VERY promiscuos within species and pumpkins, summer squash,and a large number of winter squash are in this group.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 4:22PM
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ju1234((8 Dallas TX))

This looks like a Columbian squash (go by a Mexican grocery store to see one, they usually have it).

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 4:32PM
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elisa_z5

Taste it -- even if they sold you a cross pollinated plant, it may still taste good. You could try using it young (green) like you would zucchini, and once it's orange you could use it in any recipe that calls for pumpkin or winter squash. I usually taste stuff raw, and if it's passable raw, it will taste better cooked and with seasonings.

Or look up recipes for Columbian squash!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:21PM
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