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Unread 01-16-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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Maggie I was looking in a seed catalog and it said this squash is from New Zeland do you know anything about it ?
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Unread 01-16-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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They're sometimes called Kumi kumi here too Roni. Here's what they look like Roni. I'm growing some for the first time now and so far they look very good. Kamo kamo (so named by our Maori people) are great eaten when young (a bit like zucchini) along with the male flowers and tendrils - or later when roasted/baked. Kamo kamo are vigorous vines so they need somewhere to travel; they love fences! They are excellent keepers though the skin becomes rock hard and they need to be split with an axe!

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Thanks Maggie !
they look somewhat like our pumpkins , But I think Ill get a pack even though they are a little high , but I have the field I can plant them and let them vine
And good keepers too !!!!!!!!!!
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Those ribs that you see in the photo become almost like bones as kamo kamo mature Roni. The shell is harder than wood so you do literally need to "chop" them!! They will keep for well over a year in the right conditions. Let me know how you get on with them if you plant some.
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I've got them on my order from Baker Creek too! I'm glad to know what to expect from them - I thought they'd be something fun to try. Guess I'd better start sharpening the axes!!
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Baker Creek is my FAVORITE seed cataloge. I love the cover art too! ~Sandy
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I had sent a pretty large order in for seeds at Baker Creek - they should arrive this week. I had wanted to order a set of the notecards with all the previous cover art on them but after I totaled my order, I had to put the cards off to a later date!! I'd rather make sure that I have the seeds first. I'm already working on a second order - I'd love to have a packet of everything and it was difficult to choose.
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I received a catalog from Baker Creek today. I have only read a bit of it. My oldest son sent me a large packet of seeds from there on my birthday. Almost 40 different kinds of seeds. He shared so I didn't get whole paks. Lots of melons and tomatoes.
My husband "chopped" a squash for me once with a cleaver. He chopped clear through the cutting board and made a dent in the cupboard. turtle
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