What are the pros? Tasty, easy to grow
What are the cons? Very late
I plant this side by side, on the same day, with the hybrid Zephyr yellow/green crookneck summer squash. The Zephyr plants have pumped out dozens of squash before the Bennings produce a single fruit.
The fruits are very attractive and tasty, but a bit bland. They are recommended by many sources as the best heirloom summer squash.
These squash freeze well. I grate them with a large grater in my food processor and freeze them in "globs." Then I add a glob or two to soups, stews and casseroles all winter. The grated squash "melts" down and just adds more body to the dish.
The plants don't wilt at the slightest drought, and are somewhat tolerant of the ubiquitous squash bugs we get in Virginia. I pick the bugs and eggs off once a week. We haven't had too much trouble with vine borers, but plant extra just in case. We probably lose 20 percent of our summer squash plants to borers each summer.
I would probably grow these again, but if I had to choose, I'd pick Zephyr.
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