I have discovered a large winter squash, Tahitian Melon Winter Squash. I would like to tell you a squash story. Three years ago my neighbor gave me a beautiful, crooked neck winter squash. It was very delicious so we saved the seeds. My neighbor said she didn’t plant it in her garden. It just started growing, maybe from some compost, and it was prolific. She had many of these squash. Here is a picture of them.
The next year I planted the seeds and the plants grew like crazy giving us many winter squashes. But the necks were not so big as before. Same thing happened last year, they were not quite as large. So I got to thinking that maybe these were hybrid seeds and not growing true anymore.
I looked on the internet and found 3 possibilities: Neck Pumpkin, Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck and Tahitian Melon. Tahitian Melon is a strange name for a winter squash but it is correct. Interestingly enough they all have the same botanical name: cucurbita moschata. I am not sure if these are heirloom or not.
I decided to try the Tahitian Melon. It has a very large neck which we would enjoy since we make a lot of pumpkin pies and squash soup. The neck is all orange flesh so you don’t have to worry about seeds. I will let you know how this works out at the end of the summer. Here is a link to a discussion on Tahitian Melon squash. And here is a link to buy Tahitian Melon Squash seeds.