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Thread: Help with this yellow mystery fruit or veggie????

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    My neighbor brought 3 of these things over. He doesn't know what they are either. Someone gave one to him last year, he tasted it and then threw the seeds out the back door. This year he had a vine with about 40-50 of these things on it.

    The skin is smooth and bright yellow. It does have some streaks vertically though. They smell like canteloupe. It doesn't have the texture of a canteloupe though. He said they taste sweet, but not really good (which would lead you to ask why he would share them with me...right??) He said the inside looked like a canteloupe though with the seeds.

    Anybody know what in the heck it is?
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    No clue, but will hazard a wild guess - is it some kind of squash.

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    hybrid of some sorts perhaps?

    I would like to know too.

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    Interesting... :D:D:D
    Maybe email a picture to your county extension office?

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    have no idea, hope you find out what it is

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    amma..thats a great idea. I might do that tomorrow if someone here doesn't know. And here I told the guy that somebody would know...ya'll know everything!

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    Looks like a gourd to me.

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    Is it a strange version of a kumquat?

    ETS: Maybe not...they look like oranges inside and you say it looks like a cantaloupe.

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    I think it may be a gourd also...which would explain why it didn't taste too good. I've thrown gourds from my fall decoration out into the compost pile, and then the seeds germinated when I put them on the garden the next spring and I had some volunteer vines.

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    does it look like these: yellow melon

    http://www.google.com/images?rlz=1T4...w=1236&bih=753

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    I haven't a clue but let us know what you fine out. It looks to me like some kind of squash. I would cut it in 1/2 scoop out the seeds put butter and brown sugar in the hollowed part and bake it like you would acorn squash.

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    If not picked will it get bigger? I believe it's a golden honeydew melon. I bought one at Walmart. Only bigger. It was 3.98$. Tell him to let them get bigger. They are delicious. Can we see one cut in half?

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    Is it a lemon cucumber? It could be a cross, these things seem to cross easily, depending on what pollen is swept in with the wind.

    Lots of things like this have been cultivated just for fun, and one day a piece of pollen comes in and makes a brand new, fabulous tasting new fruit or veggie, and you can sell it to a nursery or sell the fruit yourself. Or most of the time you simply get a pretty thingey. Might be worth while hanging it up in a cool shady place and seeing what it looks and sounds like when dry. Might be a gourd or one parent might be one.

    Do like the experts and check out the leaves and stems. In fact, if you take it to show the county guy, take part of the plant with you. That will make it much easier to identify.

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    It is a melon of some sort. I tried to grow some cantalope, Ambrosia I think was the variety, that were about that size and looked a lot like that. Had very little taste and didn't do too well.

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    I'm leaning towards some type of yellow melon. It is ripe, so they probably don't get bigger and all of the 3 are this same size. I cut it in half...picture below..

    It does act like a cantaleoupe when cut..the meat is somewhat soft, but not mushy. It smells stronger of cantaloupe and then..the taste..well, to me it is tart. DH says really tart and he didn't like it. I thought it was kind of good, but it does make you pucker! :lol:

    The closest thing I saw was the melonamarillo..but when I did a further search on google..I got an image of a girl with...well...melons. (Not a good idea for searching when kids are present if ya' know what I mean..:roll:)
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    Lemon squash.

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    It's a lemon cucumber.

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    I am thinking Casaba... seems to be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Lemon squash.
    Yep, I googled this and I agree this looks like it...and would probably account for the tart taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    hybrid of some sorts perhaps?

    I would like to know too.
    I don't think a hybrid reproduces on it's own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Lemon squash.
    Yep, I googled this and I agree this looks like it...and would probably account for the tart taste.
    I'm going to have to cut it crossways instead of vertically to see if the seeds match. It didn't look right to me when I googled. Thats what has happened every time I thought...yeah...thats it! Then I look at the seeds and nope..not it. I'll cut another one in the morning to see how the seeds look that way. For now..I'm sleepy. Night night all!

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    Sounds like a casaba

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    It looks like a guava.

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    Hybrids do reproduce, but it wont be a true plant. It would "mix" with another. Last year I had a plant come up I thought was a zuchini, it was a volunteer from the year before, a mix of acorn sq. and zuchini. Ugly, but tasted okay.

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    Forgot to say, I dont know! When I plant musk melons around here, they stay tiny, about the size of a soft ball.....

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