Just looking around for photos I came up with Kogigu Winter Squash on Baker Creek's site and something like a banana squash. Its hard to tell never having grown a Marina di Chioggia but I can't see deep lobes on it. Long of Naples is a different squash species (moschata)- that makes it a not impossible but less likely parent. So if its parents were both Cucurbita maxima I am thinking something deeply lobed and a bit warty like Kogigu crossed with something long like a banana squash. It looks like a maxima squash to me especially in the video where they cut it open. Though interspecies hybridization is definitely possible. Tetsukabuto for instance is a hybrid between maxima and moschata- Joseph grew them out another generation and got a lot of green skinned squashes.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Feb 5, 2018 19:17:54 GMT -5
I'm not going to try to guess parentage. The leaves look mid-way between maxima/moschata. The peduncle looks like a moschata. The seeds look like a maxima. That is consistent with what I see with interspecies hybrids.
Definitely could be a maxima x moschata hybrid -- the tetsukabuto squash is a commercially available maxima X moschata cross, and from the little I've read about it, crosses between those two aren't as difficult when the Moschata is used as the mother. To narrow, we'd have to know where they got the seed and what else was growing that season, naturally. I wonder if they ever planted the seeds from their mystery long warty pumpkin? Might be worth shooting them a message on youtube, you never know! Maybe nothing came of it, maybe they're still growing it. Never hurts to ask -- the worst you get is no response
The leaves looks very moshata-like with that silvery mottling (though maxima can do that rarely i think and pepo can too i think).
I remember seeing a very large warty blue moshata from japan online once. Googling produces "Shishigatani Japanese or Toonas Makino Pumpkin" which may or may not be the one i am remembering, but is the general shape but maybe not as long/tall. I think the one i saw was generic on ebay/amazon and had no name.
The seeds do look kinda maxima like. If i didn't know better i'd say a cross between the moshata i mentioned above and a pepo zucchini? But that seems unlikely.
considering the woman in the video sounds to have the accent of someone in eastern europe i would venture a guess they grow unusual vegetable varieties that we generally do not get access to here. So trying to guess a cross from an Eastern European variety that we have never seen may be difficult.