Swapped Squash Sleuthing

I was given a squash plant at a plant swap, purportedly a butternut, but as its fruit began to form, it clearly was not a butternut.  It somewhat resembled a watermelon.  I hope it is not a gourd.  Some people do grow gourds but I would rather have something edible.  Ah!  Perplexity.  What is it?  Can we eat it?  When—now or save it for winter?

After checking several sites, I now think it is cucurbita pepo ficifolia. It is sometimes called a gourd but is edible.  It can keep for a long time, one site mentioned 3 years, but can also be eaten young.  I see two fruits.  I may try one soon and let the other completely ripen.  They say the mature ones require a hammer or an ax to open.

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About djdfr

Daily life experiences by a Franco-American woman living in the Breton countryside form the basics of this blog. Gardening, watercolour, choral music, food, are some of my interests. I seek to balance the physical, mental and spiritual. I am a free believer praying from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès. In 1974, with Jesus as the messenger, and in 1977, manifesting as a stick of light, Our Creator spoke directly to a man in Arès, France, named Michel Potay. The message is in the book “The Revelation of Arès”. It is a call for us to change, to practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, to free ourselves from all prejudice, to develop our spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the heart.

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