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Lagenaria siceraria. (55 days to edible 100 days to gourd use). 2 gram seed packet ~10 seeds. These seeds are really large! Technically a gourd, Cucuzzi squash is light green, with white flesh. Use when it is young, before it develops a hard shell. Commonly used in Italian dishes. Harvest when they are 6-8" while they are still tender, for food, or grow them as big as you can, for gourds. Being a true gourd, the vines flower at night with beautiful white blooms that are moth pollinated.
History of this seed This seed came to us from the Frank DiBella. Frank contacted us and told us how Uncle Zio Menzie (in the photos) used to grow these gourds. Zio was born in Castellammare Del Golfo, Sicily in 1934. He came to America at the age of 13. He grew up in Long Island and later married and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Zio and his wife finally settled on Staten Island where his passion for growing vegetables came to fruition. He frequently traveled back to Sicily and brought back many seeds. One of them the cucuzzi. His skill as a self-taught gardener was impressive and so was the bounty he produced. Zio was well known for sharing this bounty with friends and family. He is gone now and even though the family still plants Zio's Cucuzzi they wanted to share and preserve it with the rest of the world. We were very honored when they sent us some seed to continue this tradition. After two years of production, we finally have enough to share with you. We hope you will think of Uncle Zio Menzi when you plant these seeds as we know he will be smiling as you do!
Cucuzza Squash.com says "This "squash" must be peeled and usually should be seeded. If the seeds are soft, steam or use as a substitute for zucchini in recipes. Add to casseroles and stir-fries, or make a superb cucuzza souffle. This squash makes delicious quiche, stew, or gumbo. A perfect accompaniment for fish, meat, or soup, it even makes great muffins. Prepare whole, in chunks, or sliced. It may be fried, steamed, sauteed, or microwaved. Top with butter and a squeeze of lemon juice to enjoy its natural flavor. Herbs that complement summer squash are curry, basil, oregano, chili powder, parsley, and garlic.
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