Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
Another protocol that might work, is to taste the cotyledons of each plant, and cull any that are bitter. That works with cucumbers, and they are so closely related to squash, that I bet it works the same in both species.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:The pepo squash were a pain for me. Because I wanted to keep my beloved "pure" varieties. I like my yellow crookneck to be exactly crooked, and exactly yellow.
Richard Gorny wrote:I was thinking that bitterness apears only in the offspring (F1 generation). When pollen from plant A goes into a flower of plant B, the fruit is not bitter yet, only when I plant the seeds from this fruit next year, it might be bitter. If it is correct that only bitter fruit produce seeds that grow into plants that give bitter fruits next year, that would be way simpler than I thought. Am I missing something here?