Linking to Mandarin Orange Monday
They are delicious sliced and baked with a little olive oil and salt. The flesh is a brilliant orange-
It is so great to have this squash each year. It is the variety many refer to as Seminole Pumpkin.
Usually by late spring the vines just sprout out of the compost pile and take over a good portion of the garden. They grow through the summer heat and rain all the way up until the first frost.
Some years I plant seeds we have saved and other years friends supply me with their saved seeds.
This year I planted several varieties of saved seeds among our Chinese Honey-Orange trees where they would be watered and out of the garden.
The squash shape varies some each year. One year a friend had a giant version!
The flavor is always sweet and they taste good baked, steamed, boiled and pureed for soup, in muffins....yum!
Here is how they grow!
The seeds sprout
and begin to vine....
Male and female flowers bloom each morning
and the bees get to work
Such beautiful flowers!
The vines stretch out everywhere
The vines climb trees and fences
They keep well in a dry place