The garden is overrun by these three massive squash plants. I thought I was planting Japanese squash seeds, but obviously not. They are orange and pumpkin shape... but unlike a pumpkin, they turn yellow at a very young size, about two inches across, then deepen to orange once they reach about two feet across. I tried some when they were tiny thinking they were weird round summer squash, but tastes terrible, not even the chickens will eat it at that stage.
Can I eat it - more to the point, should I?
How do I know when it's ready? They sound hollow when tapped at any size.
What do I do with it?
If it is a pumpkin, how do I preserve it - I'm the only one in the house with even a mild like for pumpkins.
I'm going to try and attach a photo for you to see what you can tell me what culinary magic these three plants can perform. I put the wine bottle in there so you can get an idea of size - not the largest ones in the garden, but the most orange looking.