Blue Banana Winter Squash

tcstoehrAugust 18, 2009

Are the following squashes all the same variety?

Blue Banana

Guatemalan Blue

Guatemalan Blue Banana

I can find Guatemalan Blue and Guatemalan Blue Banana for sale, and I'm assuming they're the same.

But I can't find Blue Banana for sale anywhere, and I'm wondering if it's just another name for Guatemalan Blue Banana.

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farmerdilla

Yes. Years ago it was offered simply as the Blue Banana. Today most "heirloom" vendors will list as Guatemalan Blue Banana. Never enjoyed great popularity.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 4:26PM
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festus47(5)

Amy Goldman lists Blue Banana in her book on squash and has it listed in the 2009 Seed Savers Yearbook as Blue Banana a.k.a.Mexican Banana. I plan on trying it next year.

There is also a Guatamala Blue listed and I have that growing this year with seed from Sand Hill Preservation.

I also have Sibley growing which is I guess a banana type with tapered ends and is widely available.

I am very fortunate this year and have had very little disease in the maximas. I lost 1 Sibley and 1 Amish Pie Pumpkin and 1 Potimarron out of about 20 plants. I have not lost 1 moschata ot of about 30.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2009 at 10:47PM
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tcstoehr

Hmmm... yes. Amy Goldman's book suggests that "Blue Banana" and "Guatemalan Blue" are different varieties. Farmerdilla seems knowledgeable about squash varieties and he says they're the same. One way to find out.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 12:47PM
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