The Walden Effect: Homesteading Year 5. Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Homestead Blog

Innovations:

Homesteading Tags

Recent Comments



Blog Archive

User Pages

Login

About Us

Submission guidelines

Store


Indian Long Squash

Indian Long SquashWe stayed at Village Inn in Annapolis, MD, during last weekend's trip north.  Since this is me we're talking about, you probably won't be terribly surprised that I learned about a new garden vegetable in the process, right?

The motel is run by an Indian family, and they were growing a squash I'd never seen before.  The vine was exuberant, running out across the lawn in every direction just like any other squash, but when I walked closer, I saw that the fruits were fuzzy!  The crinkly white flowers were unique too, and I was positive I'd never seen such a thing before.

I bearded one of the proprietors in the office and picked his brain about this vegetable, which turned out to be an Indian Long Squash.  He told me that his family eats the long squash like a vegetable (presumably like a summer squash?), cooks it into sweets (like pumpkin pie?), and even Indian Long Squash floweruses it to lower their cholesterol.  I was dying for more information, but he had to answer the phone, and we had a sailing lesson starting up any minute.

As I walked out the door, though, the nice gentleman called after me.  "No chemicals!" he exclaimed --- just making sure I knew that his beautiful garden was organic.  I wouldn't be exaggerating if I told you this stay in a budget motel was the best hotel experience of my life.

Our homemade chicken waterer allowed us to leave our flock alone for four days without worrying.


Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.


One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime