What are the pros? vining, prolific
What are the cons? bland, PM problems
Unique as a vining-type summer squash (although you can pick any winter squash immature for a summer-type squash). Drought-tolerance is one of its main attractions.
It matters where you try to grow it, thou. When I planted tatume at the local community garden, it didn't fare well; it was much more susceptible to powdery mildew and the vines died off relatively quickly, especially after it became very hot and dry. On the other hand, when I planted one in my parents' garden, PM didn't seem to affect it much. So I wouldn't recommend growing it in spaces like community gardens where diseases and pests run rampant.
Taste-wise, as an immature summer-type squash, tatume was underwhelming. Fairly bland, and texturally similar to eggplant in that it soaked up quite a bit of oil if I tried to saute it. Below average taste; it wouldn't be hard to find a better classic bush type. We have a couple of the mature tatume hanging around, but we haven't tried them yet. I'll report back when we do.
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