What are the pros? Easier than Pumpkins
What are the cons? Not as sweet as hoped
I grew these as a space filler between our popcorn rows. I was surprised how large the fruit grew and they shrugged off the squash bugs. I would recommend placing the fruit on newspapers or something solid because the only damage we had from pests was from the soil. The fruit doesn't always have a nice flat bottom so you can stand up like a jack-o-lantern but the are extremely attractive. We did have one that could stand up on its own.
There is more than enough flesh (meat) which was a great bonus. The meat was rather bland to us which just meant you had to do extra flavoring in recipes.
We made a pie and one LARGE kettle of squash soup. We ended up adding more veggies to the soup to get a really good flavor.
Overall, I am well pleased because of its performance in the garden, along with it's size and beauty. There is plenty of flesh to experiment with so I wouldn't hesitate to give this thing a try.
It should do well at farmers markets
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