That’s a lot of squash pickle

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Af­ter the Jan­uary sum­mer storm de­stroyed the Car­roll’s vege garden at Athen­ree, a re­place­ment cour­gette plant was bought from a lo­cal grower, Jac­quie Ho­ran, at her Waihi Beach mar­ket plant stall.

It came with a warn­ing that “it is quite a climber”.

Af­ter just a few weeks, while fos­sik­ing among the ram­pant vines, which had quickly taken over the en­tire vege garden, amas­sive squash was dis­cov­ered. Cu­ri­ous to see just how large it would grow, it was de­cided to leave it un­til the stem with­ered.

Mr Google re­vealed it was an Ital­ian va­ri­ety named Trombo Cina Squash. It weighed in at 5.5kg and is des­tined to be­come pickle. Now the Car­roll fam­ily are won­der­ing just how many jars will be pro­duced from this Ital­ian gi­ant.

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