Today I harvested my "Guatemalan Blue Banana" Winter Squash. It all began back on May 5th when I planted the seed in six-pack trays. I then set out the two young plants into the garden on May 19th. The first squash had set and were growing by July 24th.
This squash, for as large as it is, was an early squash for me. It grew quickly and set its fruit weeks before the "Butternut" & "Delicata" did. Unfortunately, it also developed powdery mildew much early than is normal for my garden. Luckily, the squash were mature but the mildew did spread to my other two squash varieties whose fruits are not yet ready to harvest.
I ended up with five big squash. The seed packet states that the squash will be "an average of 5 pounds". Well, my five squash averaged 9.92 lbs! The largest was 13.4 lbs and the smallest was 5.6 lbs. My total harvest weighed in at 48 lb 10 oz. I will keep them out in the sun for the next week so that the skin can cure before I put them inside for the winter. Then it will be time to cook with them and see what I think of their flavor in comparison with the other varieties that I have grown.