I have seen zucchini approach the size of a VW in size. I know they
couldn't be good, as the ones I like are about 6" long and about as round as
a silver dollar. Is there a trick to harvesting squashes? When it looks
the right size? Will they just keep getting bigger like zucchini? I got
one big honker of I think banana squash that is over a foot long, but still
light green. How do you tell if they're ripe?
Banana squash is a winter squash. It needs to be left on the vine until
ripe. At that point, it will be pinkish/tan in color, with a very rind
and a hard, corky stem. Banana squash is a variety of Cucurbita maxima
and as the species name suggests, the fruit can be quite large -- often
15 - 20 pounds, possibly 40 pounds or more.
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