28 September 2010

Garden Update: Giant Squash

Today I harvested two giant winter squash and composted the spent plant. The squash had a pitiful start in June, but once the heat arrived in July it took off, climbed up the fence, onto the wisteria and hid the small tag identifying what it was. I didn't know for sure what the plant was until today when I was able to uncover the tag.

It's a "Marina de Chioggia" winter squash. Some internet research revealed that it's an heirloom variety that supposedly originated in the Chioggia region of Italy (Venice). It's also supposed to be well suited for coastal environments, which is probably why it did so well for us.

I have no clue how I'm going to use this squash.

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