These can also be much more yellow.. The strain of them that I have is a Truly old Fashioned Veggie, that is not often grown anymore, other summer squash have become more popular and common. This one tracks back to 1824 , its right around a foot long in a oblong shape. It has a delightful light mellow and buttery flavour when used most do. Its grown as all squashes are ideally in hills, its a hard bush plant, very productive and its a short season squash at 50 days.
This is the squash of my grandmother that was used for making her Mock Pinnapple
This is one of the few Summer Squashes that can hold up to canning with a lovely firmness and that to me at least puts it into a class of its own..
Marrow is particularly important in the diets of certain cultural groups because it provides a high level of nutrients in a low-calorie vegetable. It is a significant source of vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber, calcium, and iron.
This veggies is a good easy choice for seed saving, but it must be done by either hand crossing and then tapping to present cross breeding and or with a breeding cage placed over it.
The interesting part this year will be to figure out where to plant it.. Last year my side squash planting hills were a bust, so while I might be willing to do one hill there to see how it goes this year, I am certainly not willing to put my bigger hopes there.. but my biggest area is going to the butternut landrace growout
and the big squash area in the main garden is going to my new funky Italian hanging summer-winter keeping squash, more on that later..
Which leaves me doing the huh!
Three choices remain
1) make new hills and plant them in a new spot in the yard..
2) Make a new hugelculture and plant them in that.. My big one is on melon duty this year and my smaller ones are booked for other plants.
3) Consider interplanting them with Corn in a area that is already booked, and throw in a few beans and make that whole area a three sister garden.. hmmmm.. we will see what I decide in the end..
I am going to be starting two plants very soon, this week most likely, so that I can transplant and have fresh eating squash in the greenhouse and then into the garden for the end of may..
At 50 days, I will hold off till the end of march to start them..