Anybody pick baby pumpkins for use as summer squash?

I'm thinking about planting a hill or two of cushaws this year instead of zucchinis. I've never grown them before and I have a packet of seeds that I bought last year mocking me... They are supposed to be prolific, and I don't need that many pumpkins.
I seem to recall Ma making a mock apple pie in _Little House on the Prairie_ using a green pumpkin :-)
Thanks, Bob
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Marrows and squash are generally eaten quite immature but in my view pumpkins need to ripen to be tasty. Try it, you won't poison yourself, but I don't think you will like it.
David
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On Mon, 26 May 2008 17:22:39 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
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: :> I'm thinking about planting a hill or two of cushaws this year instead :> of zucchinis. I've never grown them before and I have a packet of seeds :> that I bought last year mocking me... They are supposed to be prolific, :> and I don't need that many pumpkins.:> :> I seem to recall Ma making a mock apple pie in _Little House on the :> Prairie_ using a green pumpkin :-):> :> Thanks, :> Bob: :Marrows and squash are generally eaten quite immature but in my view pumpkins :need to ripen to be tasty. Try it, you won't poison yourself, but I don't :think you will like it. : :David
They look very like zuchini when very young and there's no reason you can't use them like zuchini. Even the plants resemble zuchini. The first pumpkins I grew, I took for zuchini until I realized that the fruits weren't going to be long and skinny. I didn't realize that they were pumpkins (volunteers) until told. Now I grow them every year. I switched to kabochas (Japanese pumpkins) when I got a volunteer of those. They are smaller and not as prolific, but much more tasty, far better tolerant of cool weather, and over-winter far far better. In fact, I have 5 or so left from last summer! Meantime, my present crop is sending up female flowers, and as usually happens, there are no male flowers around to pollinate the first females.
Dan
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