The seed sowing has thrown a barbarous squash bigger than my foot, expanding by eye-widening moment and remorselessly green. I share the allotment plot and my veggie co-grower is unimpressed and clearly bothered by the Medusa patch of leaves snaking over the ground, spreading like spilt treacle and harbouring no ordinary butternut squash.
This evening I checked the seed packet and the internet. This Is Zucca Butternut Rugosa. Rugosa means wrinkled and I guess the lurking squashes are slightly on the wrinkled side and have a vague waist. Some have turned white , some are jet green and look like marrows.
There is a forum dedicated to this very vegetable and it seems that they grow massive. A counter-forum attests to the delicacy of their favour. The growth rate is slightly horrifiying. But no mention of when to harvest and whether they will turn American tan 40 denier as shown on the packet. And that is not all - the borlotti beans are podding up with a tremendous crop in the offing. Are borlotti pods good to eat as young and tasty infants? If not two of us will have enough beans to open a soup kitchen. Advice please from a seasoned grower.