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We Think Google Invented a Squash

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Update: We got a little more information about yesterday's Google doodle—but we're still confused.

Google Doodle

I frequent the farmers market with such enthusiasm and regularity that I figured I'd be able to identify the squashes in today's autumnal equinox-themed Google doodle (doodled by artist Kirsten Lepore) without breaking a sweat—but the identification process has proved harder than anticipated. 

After scrolling through page after page of heirloom gourd e-catalogs, digital farmer forums, and Google Images, the squashes seem to be, from left to right:

G: Salem white cushaw squash
O: ambercup squash
O: some ornamental gourd
G: sort of like a green cushaw squash
L: oblong delicata squash
E: NO idea

We think the final squash in the doodle—the "e"—might be totally made up. Have you seen a squash or gourd like that in the wild? Help us identify it by showing us a picture.


When we broke #SquashGate, we asked you to make your bets on what that last purple squash might be, and many folks—on Twitter, Facebook, and in the comments—said that it resembles the Lakota squash or the red kabocha squash:

Lakota squash  Kabocha
Left, the Lakota squash; right, the red kabocha squash

We reached out to Kirsten, the illustrator, to confirm—and she admitted that she didn't know exactly what kind of squash it was. But she did share her original reference photo with us, and said that she also guessed it might be a red kabocha (or a red Kuri or Hokkaido squash). 

Feeling lucky? What's that squash? Tell us in the comments.

Photo of Lakota squash by carleton500gardener via Flickr; photo of red kabocha squash by DiannesDigital via Flickr

Tags: Food Biz, Illustrations