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22 November 2009


Mikey McD

George, squash grows well in are area (very easy and fruitful crop). We have a few recipes, but, would love to see yours.On the subject of Thanksgiving: I am thankful for your blog.

p.s. we ate all of our squash or we would certainly share to "Save the 2009 Rebane Thanksgiving"

George Rebane

Thanks for the kind thoughts Mikey. Maybe next year if you have extra banana squash, we could get a piece. The recipe is yours, just get your people to contact my people ;)

Russ Steele


We are going to the valley tomorrow and I will look for banana squash. A banana squash was one of the big producers in our 1950s garden on the Thomas Ranch. When Ellen, our three girls aged 16, 14, 12 and 20 month decided to start a garden in Papillion Nebraska in the late 1970s we included banana squash in our garden plot. Kind of a through back to those 1950s gardens I helped tend as teenager. We planted three foot plots of yellow, zucchini, acorn, hubbard and banana squash. When we got to the banana squash plot I still had a 1/2 bag of sheep manure left and mixed it all in the banana squash plot. A little over kill, but we used it all.

The gardens was growing well the last week of July when we left on a 30 day vacation trip to Colorado and California. We made arrangements for the neighbors to pick the tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, but failed to mention the other squash. It was a rainy August will let of moisture, and the neighbors let the hubbard and banana squash grow.

When we returned the banana squash had taken over the garden, climbing on top of the tomato baskets, even climbing over the fence spreading out on the farm road behind our house. One of the banana squashes on top of the tomato wire baskets was over 36 inches long and 12 inches in diameter. Taller than our 20 month old, who was a bit lanky.

In early September we attended the State Fair in Lincoln NE and visited the farm produce exhibit where we found a blue ribbon banana squash that was only 18 inches long and 6 inches in diameter. Wow, we could of entered a winner.

Unfortunately our banana squash was not very tasty and most were smashed in the garden. The next year there were hundreds of volunteer banana squash plants. We left them for the new owner as we moved to California.

John S

Very interesting story indeed. My mother in law (Genevieve Ingram)still grows banana squash up on Banner Mountain. Has them picked now and laying around out on the garage floor waiting for someone to get up the gumption to fix em. I think I am going to have to have those instructions. I think hers are about the 6x18 variety.

George Rebane

John, I'll ask Jo Ann to email you a copy, or maybe just add the recipe to this post as an update. Hopefully, Russ will come back with some.

Russ Steele


We have banana squash! Four large chunks. I will being two of the chunks by the house today. We will keep some to give your recipe a try. Sounds wonderful.


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