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Beginner Vegetables: Mystery Melon

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Laennec99
Lorain, OH

March 2, 2013
11:19 AM

Post #9436590

Greetings All

I would like help on the identification of this melon. It came to me in a strange manner. We have a local Asian grocery store - at the rear of the parking lot is a dumpster. As I waited for friends to return from shopping I noticed some very unusual leaves which looked different from our usual "ditch and alley" flora. Much to my chagrin I walked into the weeds and there was this beauty - it had delicate pink flesh I ever saw and you can see from the size its quite a monster. Ostensibly the melon missed the dumpster and propagated on its own. Does anyone know the variety or other cultural characteristics of how it's prepared.

Dave

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Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


March 2, 2013
11:49 AM

Post #9436610

Actually it is a squash, a Cushaw type pumpkin C.mixta
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2013
7:20 AM

Post #9447871

I grow those (Cushaws). I don't really get a uniform size from my patch, but I agree with Farmerdill. I'd call that a cushaw. Mostly I grow them to feed my chickens and peacocks as they are pretty prolific. But they make up a lovely pumpkin puree that can be used for DH's favorite: pumpkin bread. I think there are a few other melon/pumpkins with that general shape and color. Check at Kitazawa See Co, http://www.kitazawaseed.com/, and see what you think.

Forgot to mention to look in the squash section. They describe uses for pumpkin in cooking as well.

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