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Topic-icon Cucurbita ID / Hybrid?

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4 months 1 week ago #544456 by spark

This has self sown and is growing behind the shed.
We have been growing pumpkins and courgettes / zucchini, but this is neither :huh:

Do you have any idea what it is?
Is it a pumpkin / courgette hybrid?
or is it some other variety of cucurbita?

Thanks

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4 months 1 week ago #544457 by LongRidge

It looks very much like the yellow courgettes that we have at the moment. See if it tastes correct for a cougette. But beware ... it might be a marrow :-).

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4 months 1 week ago #544462 by Stikkibeek

Members of the Cucurbita family are notoriously promiscuous so it could easily be a cross from anything you have grown previously, especially if it has self seeded. Is that a variation in leaf colour or mildew? As LR has said, try one or two as courgettes, and if not so nice, let them grow out and try harvesting when they are ripe.


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4 months 1 week ago #544485 by tonybaker

those speckly leaves indicate courgette, but could be anything with cucurbits.


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4 months 1 week ago #544491 by Anakei

The fruit look like spaghetti squash. That is a cucurbita pepo the same as zucchini, gem squash, and some pumpkins. They all cross with each other really easily so if you have had these in your garden at the same time you get weird offspring!


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4 months 1 week ago #544495 by LongRidge

Beware, when trying them as courgettes, that they do not have a bitter flavour. This might be a natural (so that means it is good, right???) poison (which does make them very, very nasty), which has mostly been bred out of cucurbits but sometimes occurs. Cooking and flavouring makes it possible to eat them if they have this poison, but it will still make your gut very unhappy :-(

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4 months 1 week ago #544506 by Blueberry

If you had two reasonably good representatives of Cucurbita pepo growinglast year, and they crossed, you have a good chance of getting something good, even though it might not resemble one or the other of the parents.
The bitterness would still be several generations removed.
But then, there's always the genetic throw back,,,,,:evil:


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4 months 1 week ago #544523 by spark

Thank you all for your comments.
I'll have to see if I can get some more photos when Mum harvests them...

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4 months 1 week ago #544526 by spark

Mum picked the largest fruit and we cut it open - there was a strong "melon" smell, but no-one was game to try eating it as the seeds look like they have not yet finished developing, so it probably isn't ripe yet.
We'll see what the other fruits are like once they ripen...

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