The mystery plants are a mystery no longer. Unlabelled plants with board, squash-like leaves, purchased from the nearby grocery: 2 @ $1.99 (plus tax). They continue to be very green, have more proven their strength & vitality (and then some), and they are, indeed, edible.
They are Opo Squash.
Opo: a squash of the calabash type; lengthy, smooth, cool skin of chartreuse, with a mild, unassuming taste.
The Opo plants, despite being mysteries no longer, continue to amaze, growing so rapidly and so large that they may end up taking over the garden.
Actually. It’s a little scary how much of precious plot I must cede, will end up ceding (have already ceded) because of my decision to buy and plant mystery plants in my garden.
They have tendrils, the Opo plants do, that snake along the ground between and through my other plants – the bell peppers, tomatoes and jalapeños – stealing away space, choking them slowly, remorselessly. As plants do.
The Opo plant leaves: they smell. Like a cat peed on them. Many cats.
The weeds do not touch the Opo. Will not grow near the Opo.
The Opo have flowered, but with all they have so far done (and are doing), they have yet to fruit. What then?
“You like Opo, don’t you?” Stephen asked.
And I think: it doesn’t matter, though there was a brief time, I’m sure, when it did.