On Mon, 26 May 2008 17:22:39 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
:> 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 :-)
: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.
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.