Question about butternut squash harvesting

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  1. Cayuga Morning

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    My butternut squash plants produced a prodigious number of squashes. Some are still green & quite small. I've read those can be used like a potato.... They are starchy, not sweet. Anyone with experience with this?
     
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    I've cooked unripe pumpkins that way. Might be similar. Cut slices, cut off skins, roasted in oven, and mashed.

    Sorry, no recipe. I don't recall the details.
     
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    Thanks Daniel. I'll try it. What can I lose?

    I have some large butternuts that are not fully golden. I read that I could put them in a s very warm room in the sun for 10 days to ripen. I'm trying that with the big squashes.
     
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    Thanks @Sjoerd, good reading, that. I harvested the butternut just before our first frost & they are curing in an upstairs bedroom. PXL_20231105_180111056.MP_compress41.jpg

    See the green guys? I don't know about them. They are suspect. I've never seen such green butternuts before. These seeds came from a store bought butternut that I just saved the seeds of. The first butternut I cooked was delicious..... And looked like a real butternut. I'm wondering if some of those seeds hybridized with another kind of squash. I shall see.
     
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    Those look superb. I see the stems look just right. Those green ones may well be hybrids.
    Are all of those on the pic supposed to be butternut squashes? If they are, something is seriously wrong. I would avoid that seed company and send them an email with pics. I do not find this funny.

    Glad you liked that old posting. It was a déjà vu wasn’t it.
     
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    Sjoerd, all these "butternuts" came from the seeds of one butternut squash I bought in a food store. I saved the seeds & sowed them. I'll see that the green ones taste like. And the really squat ones.

    You know, you get what you pay for.
     
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    Sjoerd, I loved your old post. Beautiful sunset! I think next year I will be trying sweet lightning squash. They don't sell them here, so I'll try growing them. Cayuga, I've saved seeds from squash, before. Some were really weird. I never tried that again.
     
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    Cayu— ohhhhhhhhhhh, that explains a lot. Personally, I would stick with seed packs from known companies. This veggie family (curcubits) is notorious for this kind of cross - pollinating thing. There are a couple of plants that are sensitive to this, corn is another.

    You know, cross-pollinated of curcubits can have a toxin, curcubitacin which is harmful to humans.

    I hope the flavour will be oké, but please do not do this again.

    Willow— thanks so much. I am glad you liked that posting and sunset pic.
     
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