What are the pros? Bees love it, prolific
What are the cons? Bitter, slimy when cooked
I have only a couple of these plants, but they have taken over (late August, Zone 7a). Very prolific and pretty attractive, with big scalloped leaves and bright yellow trumpet flowers. Bees absolutely adore the flowers and practically go into little bee comas snuggled into the blossoms. They stay there for minutes at a time. (Ants love them also. Every closed blossom cluster has several ants.) Unfortunately, based on the first harvested squash, they taste awful. Going to harvest some others at a more tender stage than that first one, but the one I tried was bitter and unpleasant. Tried it raw and also cooked it with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cooking didn't fade the bitterness at all, and the squash turned into a slimy grey mush. Going to let the majority of the squash mature to see if I can harvest them for sponges instead. Should have many!
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