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Beginner Vegetables: Mystery Squash: Is it zucchini? Could it be loofah?

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finnbee
Duluth, MN

August 20, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9247437

I live in Minnesota and have grown squash for years. This year, I planted some Loofah squash, which I'm not sure can even mature in our climate!, aways away from the other squash.
Now, I have two bushes, like zucchini bushes - one central axis - of squash that look like long, immature pumpkins. They taste sweeter than zucchini. I vaguely recall buying something other than "black beauty" zucc seed, but I have no idea what this is. Inside, it almost looks like it could be loofah - which I have never grown before and am not familiar with, other than I thought Loofah grew on a vine... I think both are edible.
Could I have a cross? Is it loofah? Is it something else? A different variety of zucchini?
Both are fibrous and seedy inside, the Mystery squash moreso. The normal Zucchini has a little more 'flesh'.
Help!
*Squashes: Zucchini, top. Mystery squash, bottom.
*Cross sections: Mystery squash, left. Zucchini, right.
*Single shot: the mystery squash, interior

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Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


August 20, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9247489

Loofa is a gourd and does grow on a rather vigorous vine. As a vegetable it used as an okra substitute not squash.
finnbee
Duluth, MN

August 20, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9248264

So you're saying that my squash is likely a squash, not a loofah of any sort --
I have heard that Loofah is edible; also the relationship to Okra. Does Loofah, green, look ANYTHING like this? Thanks!
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


August 20, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9248301

Loofa is a colloquial North American name used for sponge gourds. Two different species are placed under the same name. Luffa acutangular ( ridge gourd, Chinese okra ...) and Luffa cylindrica (Dishrag gourd, vine okra...) Many varieties within each species. http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&cp=9&gs_id=z&xhr=t&q=sponge+gourd&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=sponge+go&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=741fc30bee1418ea&biw=1440&bih=785

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kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 24, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9251984

The luffa acutangula I grew had leaves like dinner platters and they had fruits that were edible about the 8" length but better at 12", it looks like you had a dry stunted zuke, not a luffa, cukes get that pithy inside when not watered enough and not gathered til overripe.
lindasch100
Chino Valley, AZ

September 1, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9261439

I have some squash that look exactly like yours. I planted one zuchinni, several spaghetti squash. It turns out that among my spaghetti squash was a pumpkin seedling. And they all cross pollinated! Now I have quite a variety, including some that look like yours. I am going to take a picture of all of them and post in the next few days.

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