screeme
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Please help me identify this squash

My wife's parents bought us a "pumpkin" plant for our garden.. However, what we are getting are clearly not pumpkins. Some sort of strange squashish beast I can't identify. However, I'm sure somebody here will know what it is.


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I cut one open and there are seeds in the bulb at the end, so this is definitely the fruit of it. It did smell a little pumpkin-ey. I just have no idea what it is.[/img]

opabinia51
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If the seeds are at the end I would surmise that it is a butternut squash. This is known as the cadillac of squashes and is my personal favourite.

The shape of the squash also leads me to believe that it is a butternut.

screeme
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It doesn't really have the same color as a butternut though.. although I admit I'm a garden novice.. so I don't know if that will change as it gets a little more mature.

All of the squash grow in that C shaped pattern though.. and there were definitely seeds in that fatty bulb part on the end. So you may be right.

daylily
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Are all the squash curved like this one?

It resembles a loofah gourd except for the curve. When you cut it open what was the inside flesh like?

screeme
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Yes.. they all grow in that same shape.

The inside was fleshy I guess.. It was solid and, like I said, a somewhat pumpkiney smell.

opabinia51
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This is perplexing... daylily may be onto something here. I guess you'll have to wait until they are ripe to see what colour they will be to be more sure.

How did you come about the seed?

screeme
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My wifes dad bought it for us as a plant. So it wasn't seed we planted, but what we thought was a little pumpkin plant.

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Well, I'd wait until it is ripe before doing anything more to try to figure out what it is.

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