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I have been getting some strange squash this season. I have a garden dedicated to winter squash with another pumpkin patch close by. The squash in question was discovered after the weather turned cooler and the plants started to die back and thin out. It is dark green, but the skin has color variation similar to green pumpkins. They have become huge up to 2 feet long and 8"-10" in diameter. The skin is very hard (do zucchini skins get hard if they are allowed to grow to large?). Opening it up it did resemble zucchini (pale green) flesh with the stringy center and large seeds. (Still could resemble green pumpkins) It has minimal flavor so that isn't helping me identify it and it is extremely crisp. Simmering it took a long time to soften up and still unsure of identity. There are a large number of them in my garden and I don't know if I need to pick them now or let them mature?
I have had interesting cross pollination issues before with spagetti squash with green pumpkin style skin and elongated acorn squash but these have me stumped.
The kicker is I didn't plant zucchini anywhere close to these winter squash and pumpkins. ( yes, could be a rogue zuc seed in with the others.
General info: I planted 5 types of winter squash together - spaggetti, acorn, butternut, golden hubbard and delicata. Pumpkins are near and crawling across the squash bed as well.