I listen to this fun podcast called Geek.Farm.Life and I once heard them talking about cushaw squash. Being naturally curious (though nothing compared to my brother George), I decided to embark on the Cushaw express to see what delights lay ahead. I knew winter squash can grow pretty large but I had not really considered what that meant. They shot up pretty little heads, just like the nearby summer squash. They vined out early, just like the summer squash…but then, something happened. I am certain a genetic mutation occurred or some sort garden demon hexed them and caused them to send vines 20 feet or so through summer squash and zucchini and nearly to the peppers!
It was madness watching these cutsie little squash grow into gigantic green and white striped widow-makers! We harvested these when the skin became tough and they basically stopped increasing in size. I have read that they can keep a very long time so we will have some time to experiment. I will post again with details of how they taste and how we use them. In the meantime, beware of these garden whales!