Florida green fruit outside small tree

Florida green fruit outside small tree

Florida green fruit outside small tree stump lacking bark

I removed the fruit from this area years ago but never saw what it was growing. The base of the tree stump had been hollowed out by animals. I have a large problem with snakes in this area so my home should be on high ground to dry out the ground.

I have a question for you. The tree stump had hollowed out to the point where it was like it was a food storage area for the animal. This fruit was very green and looks like it was not ripe. I thought it might be a persimmon or some sort of citrus. But it is outside in the sun all day long, no shade.

The fruit is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It is green with a slight blush.

It is about 5 feet off the ground.

The tree is maybe 10 feet tall.

Color: Green

Size: 2 1/2 inches in diameter

Location: Outdoor, in sun all day long, no shade

A:

It is very unlikely that this is a persimmon due to the color and size, but you might want to get it tested to be sure. Persimmons are usually very bitter and this one seems to be very sweet, but I don't see persimmon fruit to eat any time soon.

Yellow and green melons, specifically shepards, can be attractive and edible, but they are not as sweet as other fruits. This one is smaller than the one you show, about the size of a small cantaloupe. The bright green makes me think it is squash or gourd.

Possibly acorn squash, but I don't really know except that I would expect it to be sweeter and smaller. Squash are grown in the fall and winter, but not in the summer.

If you are looking for food, I would vote for squash. If you just want more food, well I guess that depends on your definition of food :-)

A:

This looks to be a “Hawk’s Nest”, or more correctly a “Tomato Squash”. The description is more than just a little confusing since the name translates to “small wild potato”.

Squash are green, melon-like fruits whose flesh is sweet, and are similar to cucumbers in size, though larger. When harvested, squash are still green, but their skin turns a variety of different colors. The fruit is usually harvested when still immature, and is often left to ripen on the vine.

Source: Wikipedia

If you had picked the fruit off the vine, it might have already ripened somewhat, but I'm guessing that it was not ripe enough for eating yet.

I suspect that this is a different variety than the one you had picked, since this one would be much smaller.

A:

Looks like a pumpkin to me, it's 4-5 inch diameter with the skin showing

It's called a pumpkin because it's a member of the gourd family, like cucumbers and zucchini. It's actually a squash. You wouldn't want to eat it, but it's home cookin'.

To the OP: here you go.

Note that the OP's tree is from the same species and even the same variety as the OP's picture, but it's a different cultivar. You can see the stem here. And the stem is where you split the fruit open and pick out the seeds before cooking.

diagram courtesy of http://www.discover-usa.org/pictures/pumpkin/pumpkin-seed.jpg

Hope this helps.