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Asked on Jun 1, 2013

Does anyone know what this squash is?

Julie DeverJanBPaula Englert
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I purchased a packet of seed marked straight neck yellow squash (cause that is what I wanted). But obviously the packet was mislabeled. I have looked and looked and cant find a name for them. They are good but not what I wanted. I am in Texas. Somebody said it was a gourd but if it is its good!!!
Squash?
Squash?
30 answers
  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 1, 2013

    Disregard the date on the pic. I don't know how to reset the date on digital camera.

  • Nancy Hatcher
    on Jun 1, 2013

    How big is it?

  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 1, 2013

    It is about 3 inches round. Least that is the size I have been picking them. Dont know how large they would get

  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 1, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 1, 2013

    The vine does look like a squash vine but it puts out a trail.

  • Donna Hathaway
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Not sure what it is . It might be a cross pollonation. We get a lot of the cross pollonating in out garden.

  • Sheryl Grimm
    on Jun 2, 2013

    looks like a too small cantalope

  • Julie Gibson
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Funny! I posted a very similar picture on my FB last night with the same question. Mine came from straight neck yellow squash too. A friend told me it may be an immature spaghetti squash (?).

  • Charzeee
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Squashes, cucumbers and melons are all related, and will cross-pollenate, creating unusual new fruits. Buying new seed each year is supposed to eliminate the problem, but I guess in this case it didn't work out.

  • Sandra Cook
    on Jun 2, 2013

    I had some unusual ones last year. Check with your local county extension office. They can be super helpful.

  • Dee Mathe
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Possibly a round zucchini... I have some planted, but have not seen the fruit yet...

  • Judy
    on Jun 2, 2013

    I've planted the round zucchini & they do look an awful lot like these......

  • Mikell Paulson
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Looks like a lemon cucumber!! That is about the right size!

  • Yvonne
    on Jun 2, 2013

    At first blush, it looks like a particular Mexican squash called calavacita.

  • Debbie Sigle
    on Jun 2, 2013

    it does look like a spaghetti squash..

  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Not a cucumber. Has good mild flavor like my patty pan. I am going to let the next one get bigger and see what happens. It is not a very prolific producer!!! Julie weird the same thing happened to you. Maybe with everyones help we can figure it out. Thank each one of you and hope to come to a conclusion. Inquisitive minds want to know!!

  • Francine C
    on Jun 3, 2013

    This is called an 8 ball mexican calabacita squash. It has a very mild taste. Saute some onions in some butter, add squash rounds, cook til tender and top with shredded cheddar. Delish!

  • Patty S
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I grow gourds every year, this looks like an egg gourd, some gourds are edible. It mostly looks like a small spaghetti squash, but you would have known it was if it was stringy like spaghetti when you ate it. I agree with Francine C, it is an 8-ball Mexican calabacita squash.

  • Michelle Eliker
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Francine is correct! These are pretty common in Nor. Ca. and are my favorite kind of squash (I've seen them called 8-ball or round zucchini here). Grow and eat them just like you would zucchini. Don't let them get too big or they get seedy and tough. I also agree with Francine that they taste great sauted!

  • Judy
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I was going with round zucchini, 8 ball or whatever you want to call it until DD said it grows like a vine.....here's a whole bunch of pictures: https://www.google.com/search?q=round+zucchini+plants+pictures&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sO2sUYXdEOahiAKS14HIBg&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=650

  • The French Gardener
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Could you describe the peduncle (hard to see on the picture) > Is it hard or tender, is it fibrous or spongy? Does it has five angular sides or is it cylindrical? Does it flare near the fruit. Could you indicate the flesh color > Is it yellow, white or other?

  • Donna C
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I have heard{ and know from the experience} if you plant cucs and squash next to each other they take on a weird shape.I did have this happen,so have you planted anything next to it? it does look like the begininng of spaghetti squash.Can't wait to find out what it is

  • Julie Bottemuller
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Maybe it just ate too much...

  • Donnell Houx
    on Jun 3, 2013

    It is lebonese. They stuff it for a traditional dish. I will try to remember the name. I grew some one year

  • Donnell Houx
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Lebonese White Bush Marrow is one possibility or Cousa

  • Donnell Houx
    on Jun 3, 2013

    here it is......sorry about my misspelling Lebanese http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29420

  • D D Applegate
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Donna my cucumbers are planted like 100 feet or so from the squash that is planted with sweet corn and climbing beans. Donnell you may have something. Looked at the lebanese site and think maybe that might be it. Going to let them get bigger and see what happens. But It doesn't produce too good or at least so far it hasn't. Thank each of you for your comments and will keep you posted. I love gardening so much and so glad to have a site to go to to ask questions.

  • Paula Englert
    on Aug 28, 2013

    could it be spaghetti squash?

  • JanB
    on Aug 29, 2013

    Looks like spaghetti squash to me too. Looks like it may have come off the vine too soon.

  • Julie Dever
    on Jul 29, 2014

    Agree with last two posts. I grow one called Small Wonder, it turns orange-yellow before I pick them and serve them as individual spaghetti squashes....cut in half lengthwise, microwave....use a fork to shred right in the skin....top with your favorite sauce or just butter and seasonings. Yum.

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