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DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Pumpkins or another squash?
« on: September 12, 2021, 09:13:59 am »
So I know I planted some pumpkins but also bought some random squash plants from a sale. Iíve just come to check on them amongst all the weeds (itís been a bit neglected this year) so Iím not sure if these are pumpkins or something else. They are showing no signs of being orange.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 12:16:13 pm »
There are hundreds of varieties of pumpkins - orange, yellow, white, blue, of all sizes and shapes.
Pumpkins are usually orange inside other squash can be yellow, green etc. Even that is not always true  ;)

Whatever they are you can eat them!

I pick up your fruit as summer squash - both courgettes, and pumpkins.
If you let them mature (white for the leaves to start dying off) then you can store the fruits for months and months (some of mine last till April!). Courgettes will then become marrows.

My favourite winter squash are Uchiki Kuri and Blue Hubbard- by far the best flavour. And I tried many

« Last Edit: September 12, 2021, 12:21:32 pm by macgro7 »
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DenisCooper

  • Joined May 2016
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 12:27:31 pm »
Great thanks. Iíll wait for the leaves to die back before harvesting them then!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 12:43:22 pm »


My favourite winter squash are Uchiki Kuri and Blue Hubbard- by far the best flavour. And I tried many


The first time I grew Uchiki Kuri was by mistake on the manure heap at my first allotment - what a magnificent crop and I've grown them ever since  :squash: :hungry: :yum:


I'm never totally sure of the difference between squash and pumpkins.  Roughly I had thought the ones you use fresh from the plant in summer were squash and the winter storers and carvers were pumpkins.  But then Butternuts are called squash but store for ages  ???


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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 12:50:40 pm »
Yes, there's some confusion to which is which.
They are all squash really.

Traditionally pumpkins are all the round orange varieties.
HOWEVER they actually belong to 2 separate species - both species have many varieties of both summer and winter squash.
Some orange round pumpkins belong to 1 species and some to the other.
And to make it worse they cross pollinate - if you grown them at the allotment, or anywhere less than 100 metres or so, from another variety, the seeds next year might not grow into the same fruit.

Same with cucumbers, gourds and melons.

I really want to try growing "Armenian cucumber" next year, also known as yard long cucumber.
They grow 2-3 feet long, look and taste like cucumbers with light green skin (same colour as cucumber inside), but they are actually a variety of the same species of plant which produces cateloupe melon!
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow: otherwise known as Covid Central (actually that's probably Devon),
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2021, 05:38:41 pm »
Being a TAS member is priceless !  Thanks for that @macgro7

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2021, 05:54:41 pm »
In Australia and New Zealand they usually call blue varieties pumpkins.

Those type of squashes came from the Americas. Before Columbus in Europe, Middle East etc they used to have only gourds and cucumbers.
Gourds used to be called pumpkins too - just to make it even more confusing  :innocent:
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Pumpkins or another squash?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2021, 07:00:23 pm »
Well no wonder I'm confused and now it's even worse  :coat: :roflanim:
Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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