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the case of the mystery squash

Posted: September 20th, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

like a culinary nancy drew i’m trying to identify what squash / gourd i have here on the far left. any ideas?

my sweet mommy brings me lots of veggies from her garden each time she visits and recently brought me a spaghetti squash (pale yellow, right) this green guy and some cute little watermelons. She also wasn’t sure what kind of squash it might be. she has an assortment but it didn’t look like any she planted.

from my limited hard squash cooking / eating experience, i know it isn’t butternut, spaghetti or acorn squash. since squash are on display for eating and fall decorating now, i even dug through piles at the store to see if i could i.d. this one. nope. flipped through a veggie book. nope. looked online. nope. it’s shaped most like a spaghetti squash—sort of like a fat long football. but the skin isn’t smooth. it has a bit of a ridge to it. but not as deep as an acorn squash and certainly not squat like they are. the color isn’t like anything i looked up.

could it be a really freaking fat zucchini?!?!

so here’s the plan. i’m going to roast some root veggies later this week and try to figure out what this is by cutting it in half and roasting it along with them. thanks to the research i have a new found texture / taste education  on gourds. of course jack-o-lantern types are stringy and spaghetti squash has that cool noddle texture when scooped out but it seems most have a meaty, not stringy texture like a cross between a sweet potato and butternut squash. i can vouch for the acorn squash having this texture, too.

in the meantime, if you have any ideas leave them for me here. i’ll be sure to report back.

7 Comments on “the case of the mystery squash”

  1. 1 Jenny said at 7:28 pm on September 20th, 2009:

    Could it be a buttercup or a green hubbard?
    Those look the closest to me.
    Let me know.

  2. 2 Mom J. (Joh's mom) said at 7:49 pm on September 20th, 2009:

    It almost looks like a spaghetti squash and an acorn squash got together and created their own kind!

  3. 3 leah said at 8:27 pm on September 20th, 2009:

    joh’s mom–i agree! and am wondering if this isn’t some combo variety.

    joh- that was one of the sites i visited :) i was wondering hubbard, too, but the shape is closer to the banana variety or the delicata. but then again NOTHING like them. i’m curious to cut it open and see the seed situation.

  4. 4 Brooke said at 8:40 pm on September 20th, 2009:


    Looks like a zucchini to me, but then I’m vegetablly challenged!


  5. 5 Jenny said at 11:20 pm on September 20th, 2009:

    I’m Jenny, not Joh;) but I think surgery will be the only way to solve the mystery. Make sure you post pics when it’s opened.
    Also, I need your dip recipe from this weekend-super creamy and delish!
    What time did everyone take off last night?

  6. 6 leah said at 9:51 am on September 21st, 2009:

    sorry jenny! will email you the dip recipe.

  7. 7 leah said at 9:52 am on September 21st, 2009:

    i emailed Bootstrap Farms, one of my fave local farmers and vendors and the markets. here is what they had to say:
    I agree with what you said on the blog that it may be an enormous zuchinini or at least related to one. They will get that big if you let them, however the skin will not be as tough as a winter squash. The only other squash I know with that coloration is a kubocha, but they are usually shaped like squatty jack-o-lanterns… If it came off of a volunteer plant, there’s always the chance it is a hybrid between winter squash and summer squash. Most squash will cross if you let them.”

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