Pink banana squash

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  1. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Has anyone here ever grown pink banana squash?
    This was planted so innocently and has turned into a physco squash vine, taking over the entire end of the garden space. There are several fruits, 2 of them growing on the fence. They just keep getting bigger and bigger ... It looks like a giant pumpkin stretched out!
    How do I know when they are ready to harvest?
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  3. KK Ng

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    Netty they look beautiful and yummy!
    How to know when they are ready to harvest? Well this is what I always do for my bottle gourd and luffa. Watch them everyday and once the growth slow down it is ready.
    Good luck :)
     
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    I've grown them many times. I used them the same as pumpkins, although they have a milder flavor. I harvested when the shell was hard and the stem brown and dry and hard.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I just realized I didn't show you the end result of my sweet banana squash!
    This crazy vine produced only 4 fruits, one of which fell off the vine early. This is the largest of the 3 remaining squash, that weighed in at 25.4 pounds!
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    Shown here with my 100 pound German Shepherd for size reference. Sargent was rather fond of it! haha
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    Once sliced open, it had a thick, sweet flesh that was great for roasting and I used some for a side dish for dinner, as well as a pie and 2 loaves of pumpkin pie bread. I gave some of this to 2 neighbors and still froze six 2 cup portions. It is also a long keeping squash as its the end of February and I still have one left in my pantry!
     
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    That's a beautiful squash, Netty. You have me thinking maybe I should try some of my old seeds. They were productive for me in the past.
     
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    I'm so happy to see this post - I'm trying this beast for the first time this year and was unsure if it should have it's own real estate. :)
     
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    Yumm very tasty haven’t grown veggies in awhile. But they store very well for long periods and they are delicious. Easy to cook cut in half or quarters, add hamburger , sausage, onions… whatever…red sauce of cheese sauce …

    Beautiful Shepard nice comparison for sizing up the huge squash.
     
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    That is a good result, Netty.
    How did it taste?
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    No complaints Sjoerd, it was delicious!
     
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    I like those types of plants…or should I say, their fruits. While they all have different flavours, they are all tasty to me. Well done, you.
    I have to say that I do not know this pink one of yours.
     
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    I'd never seen this type either, so when I saw the seeds at a seed swap, I thought I would give them a try!
    @Melody Mc. This vine definitely needs lots of "real estate"!
     
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