Squash & Pumpkin cross pollination!

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Dear KG team, (that's you nice people in the mag not our team)!

Can you do an article on the above? All my fruit was orange not the intended colour although some looked the right shape, so I did the usual search as for why? I ended up on sites telling me they were poisonous, reverted to the original fruit from the native Indians, to lick them to see is bitter, stuff about re-using last years harvested seeds (I didn't)...you get the drift no doubt!

Can you unravel the rubbish online & report on a) Why; b) Can your eat them; & c) More importantly how to prevent a repeat next year? My neighbours fruit are just fine & look like they should so unsure about cross pollination as I think we share the same bees! Thanks in advance!
Westi