Anybody know what these are? Its the only vegetable that really produced anything in my garden this year and I didn't even plant it. Thought at first it was a pumpkin but the fruit started out yellow and never changed color. The animals don't seem interested in eating it either- so is it ornamental or can I cook it? Maybe dry it out and craft with it? Any ideas? (the small tomato is a cherry tomato for size comparison)
Looks like some kind of curcubit to me- a crossed squash or pumpkin. (Maybe a cushaw? Or a spagetti?) Did you have one rot in your garden, or did you use some compost that might have had seed in it? I get rogue pumpkins & tomatoes all over from that- my compost doesn't get hot enough to kill them...
It doesn't look like a Lagenaria/hard shell/craft type gourd though. Generally they are smoother around the stem. And their stems are different too, come to think of it~not ridge-y
I'd cure it (leave it in a warm spot for a few weeks) and carve for a Halloween pumpkin. And maybe venture a bite or two when I do. But it may not be very tasty. Crossed squashes/pumpkins rarely are.
They are kinda cool though. I like the long/skinny look.
Thanks- that makes a lot of sense- did have pumpkins last year although not in that area- I figured maybe the birds left a stray seed. Didn't know squash would cross with pumpkings but that's kind of what it looks like. Guess I'll be makin Jack-o-Lanterns this year!!