What is this... thing?

cowabunga1(Zone 6)November 5, 2005

Hello,

I saw this squash at the supermarket at the bottom of the bin. It was the only one like it there so I had to take him home. :) There was no sign or sticker that told me what variety it is. I've looked online but can't find the answer. Anyone know what this is? Thanks

~Sam

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Lillie1441(b3 TX)

Looks like some type of ornamental gourd.I have seen one that looks like that but can't rmemember the name.I'll keep looking......Lillie

    Bookmark   November 5, 2005 at 6:56AM
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Tomato_Worm59(OK)

Whatever it is, would you share some of the seeds for postage?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2005 at 10:25AM
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kms4me

Wow.. that is intriguing and CREEPY at the same time... I probably would have brought it home too.

Kate

    Bookmark   November 8, 2005 at 11:31PM
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ssowieja(4)

It looks like a warty gourd but I'm not sure if it's a hard shell or an ornamental. It looks big so it might be hardshell.
I don't know if these pictures will help or not but click on the links and have a look.
Sue
http://americangourdsociety.org/FAQ.html

    Bookmark   November 9, 2005 at 7:08PM
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cowabunga1(Zone 6)

Thanks so much for the replies. sswieja, thanks for the link - I think it might be a warted ornamental too but mine is much larger (about 12" across). Anyway, the thing has rotted and made a big mess on our carpet - peeww! :) Was only able to save a few seeds for myself (sorry tomatoe_worm59 maybe next year?) Still, I'd like to know what it is. It would've made a nice ugly jack-o-lantern for halloween. I'm joining a gourd group on yahoo in hopes of someone there knowing the answer. I'll keep you all posted.

~Sam

    Bookmark   November 11, 2005 at 3:05AM
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susansphn(So California)

LOOKS LIKE A HARD SHELL WARTY WAS SOMEHOW INVOLVED IN ORIGIN OF THAT PUPPY! BUT BECAUSE GOURDS WILL CROSS POLLINATE WITH OTHER SQUASH VARIETIES.. THAT MAY BE A HECK OF A HYBRID!! SUSAN IN SO CAL.... PRES. ORANGE CO GOURD SOCIETY

    Bookmark   November 11, 2005 at 12:52PM
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cowabunga1(Zone 6)

Wow! Thanks susansphn! That is probably what it is - a hybrid. I found a picture of a hard shell warty You think there is any chance that the seeds will produce a similar gourd? I am planning on growing pumpkins too this year. How far apart do the plants need to be so that they don't cross? thanks.

~Sam

    Bookmark   November 13, 2005 at 12:54AM
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sowngrow(TX8)

It's hard to say if the seeds will produce a similiar gourd. It depends on whether other varieties were grown in the vicinity of that one. It's different. Would you really like to reproduce something that looks like that?
;-)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2005 at 6:58PM
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weirdtrev

Since no one has throw out any names I will. Based on the size and shape of the stem I would say it is a cucurbita maxima pumpkin. Specifically a Galuese d'Eysines also known as Courge Brodee Galeuse, Galeux d'Eysines, Giraumon Galeux d'Eysines, and Warted Sugar Marrow. Even if that isn't in fact what it is and it is just a mutant the pumpkin I have listed has all the characteristics that you all find so interesting. I don't know how to post pictures on here but just search for images on google.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2006 at 10:37PM
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loislips(z5mi)

I just recieved a sed catalog from Seed Savers Exchange & there is a picture of this warty thing. It is called Bule, (Boo-lay) unique hard shelled FRENCH GOUR FOR DRYING

I just recieved a seed catalog from Seed Savers Exchange, & this warty thing is shown in it. It is called Bule (Boo-lay)
A unique hard-shelled French gourd for drying.similar oin shape to alarge apple gourd. entire gourd is covered with small warts or tooth-like bumps. Vigorous vines ! Address for catalog is 3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, Ia 52101 Seeds are 25 for $2.50 . I hope this helps for those who want seeds. Lois

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 1:07PM
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elder(6VA)

Scroll down to, and click on, the thread titled Large Gourd Id. Click on the follow-up message by mogardening of Fri Dec 2, 05, then click on Japan Gourd Chart, and take a look at a gourd named Ibo.
Another possibility - could this be nothing more than a badly diseased pumpkin (which would explain why it went rotten instead of hard)?.....Elder

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 10:09PM
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cowabunga1(Zone 6)

thanks everyone! I'm pretty sure, weirdtrev, that your suggestions are correct. I found this link here (wish I spoke french) Could this thing possibly be edible? not that I'd try until I knew 100%. :) You all have been very helpful.

~Sam

    Bookmark   January 22, 2006 at 2:29AM
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lejardinier37(France)

Hello,

I'm french with a bad english language.
This thing is Cucurbita maxima 'Galeux d'Eysines, she is very very good to eat.
This year i have some who are very warty, and other who are just a little warty. On the same plant, it is strange.

She can't dry

    Bookmark   January 22, 2006 at 2:53PM
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passiflora2762(8/central texas)

you can acheive this same effect on a pumpkin that is grown in severe drought conditions, there is a variety of warted squash's, but I'll bet this was water stsrved while growing.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 12:27PM
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cowabunga1(Zone 6)

I've planted the seeds this spring and made a followup post here. :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 3:25PM
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lelia_gardener

I planted 7 Galeux d'Eysines (squash seeds last May & now have about 25 huge beautiful squash on my vines which travel extensively. They weigh in at an average of 12 pounds, are wonderful eating, delicate, like the French & fulfilling to the belly & soul. I have lots of seeds.
lightascolor@frontier.net

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 1:55PM
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