I started growing these gourds because I can't grow anything that is prone to SVB. I use them instead of summer squash, but also in some traditional Indian dishes, as I cook a lot of Indian food. I also used some to make som tum - a Thai dish, made with unripe papaya, which, like this, is somewhat flavorless. It's all in the seasonings. And somebody gave me the idea to maybe make zucchini bread with it. I'll definitely try that.
I never heard of Korean zucchini, but I did get some seeds for some Korean moschata type one time. It was a winter type squash, and didn't produce much at all, so I never grew it again.
I just gave that Indian friend of mine that curved bottle gourd, and her son was laughing because she was asking me how to cook it! This will be the first time she has ever cooked it.
I just found my first squash forming on that plant with the orange flowers, though it's just barely forming. I looked at the Yuxi squash, but none there to compare it to, and definitely not a butternut type. If it is the yuxi, I'll pick some early, and see if it really does work out like a summer squash.
Unknown squash on the trellis - may be the yuxi? First one forming, 7-25 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
I harvested 3 more tinda gourds today, after cutting the first, larger one today. The seeds were just starting to form - still soft, but starting to form. I'll try these smaller ones I harvested today, and see if they have seeds yet. The larger of the 3 is an inch smaller than the one I cut open, but weighs an ounce more, so it's more dense.
Tinda gourd, cut open, seeds just beginning to form, but not form shells. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Tinda gourds, harvested on 7-25 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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i had forgotten that it is a vining squash. i have one vine up to the top of my
7 ft fence, and its coming down the other side. it is a short fat squash, looks like
a small pumpkin that has been stretched out a bit. good squash if you want a vining
habitat-gardener wrote: ↑Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:55 pm Bluee19, squashes cross freely, so the seeds you can harvest from a purchased squash won’t produce the same fruit in most cases. If you know where it was grown and if it was isolated far enough from other squashes, then it might breed true. You can look up “isolation distances” for each crop.
I don't know where the purchased squash was harvest from. I think I am better off buying spaghetti squash seeds and trying to grow it next time.
Tatume looks like it will only produce 3 squash. And, Odessa doesn't look to be Odessa, as it's not vining. The other 40 or so bush and semi-bush squash varieties are doing great. No SVBs, no powdery mildew. And some are setting now, much better than during the heat of summer.
One bush volunteer showed up late in my garden. I decided to transplant it to the last available spot in the garden, the shadiest spot in the garden. It's likely either Rugosa Friulana, or a cross of RF. The still young squash are about 1 foot long , with 9 inches of crooked neck and 3 inches (2 inches wide) of bulb. That's not the shape of the RF that I've had in the past. I wonder if the shade effects shape? I hope the weather holds up where I can save seed.
Anyway, the ridged loofah is an interesting addition, definitely more vigorous than the snake gourds and is finally setting fruit as well. I've eaten one and have another in the fridge. I've liked everything I've tried as zucchini substitutes (bottle gourds, tatume, Korean zucchini which is a moschata type), but of all of them, the ridged loofah actually seems to be the closest in terms of taste and texture, at least when eaten young. I just run a carrot peeler lightly over the ridges to dull them a bit, then sauteee. I'll have to try them other ways as I get more to harvest.
Anyone else growing them this year?
I planted smooth loofah too, but it doesn’t seem to have sprouted. This was all back in July. Seems like I have 50 male blooms to female. Two plants.
I haven’t eaten any yet, might be a few more days until they get to size.
I think the plants are pretty and they have completely covered my 10’ tall bean trellis.
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