That’s a lot of squash pickle
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.