Thursday, August 28, 2008

Would You Eat This?

Would you try eating this?

Being on two wheels for over a year must have made me more adventurous overall because there was a time when I'd never have tried to eat something that grew spontaneously from near the mulch bin in the backyard, especially when that something looked all warty. The plant that produces these fruits not only started to grow down past the tomatoes, but it quickly climbed and took over the fence separating our yard from the next. The fruits are plentiful so there was no way that I was going to let them go to waste if I could help it.

I researched gourds online and found them to be described as inedible not because of being poisonous or unhealthy, but simply because they're said to be bitter and unpleasant tasting. I cut one of these things open and sampled the pumpkin like flesh and it wasn't bad at all. We added a little bit of one of the fruits to our summer zucchini soup recipe and when we all lived to talk about how good the soup was we made another entire batch with just these yellow guys and it was equally delicious.

I still don't know what they are, exactly, but as long as they taste pretty good, we'll keep taking advantage of the bountiful supply of them.


Lance said...

Sounds real yummy Joe - there's nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the earth, especially when it's your own earth!

Paul said...

I just talked to a guy who knows squash. He said it looks like a hybridized butternut squash.