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.