Striata d'Italia Squash

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4 g about 32 seeds

We plant these squash just after the last spring freeze and continue to harvest until they freeze in the fall.  They are that prolific, true they don't like the cool spring air, but they will grow because they were originally from the cool Mediterranean climate of Italy.  These are always the first squash to produce in our gardens.  Most people pick them a bit smaller (6"-8") and treat them as zucchini, but they will grow much larger (over a 1'). 

We start them indoors and when they get three leaves we transplant them into the gardens.  Since we put them in so early we sometimes have to protect them from late frosts.  We get a jump on things this way.  Be sure to leave about 3-4' between each seedling because they do get big.  If you want more squash, them keep them picked at a smaller size 5-6".

The giant blossoms are great for those who like to batter dip them to fry.  We use this squash mostly fresh in salads when it is young or later in stiff fry.  Our Italian friends here shred them with a cheese grater, ball them, bater dip them, fry them in olive oil and dip them in a red tomato sauce for some fine eating.You can also bake them or do just about anything with them.  You better get creative because these are some of the most prolific producers I've seen. 

We have stored Striata d'Italia in root storage for up to 5 months!!!

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1" 90-110 75-90 3-10 48" 24-36" 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips For Heirloom Summer Squash Seeds:

Heirloom summer squash are warm weather crops, as the name implies and the germination temperature verifies.  Only plant once the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees.  Mounding up small hills will create the right soil consistancy and allow the soil to warm quicker.  Mix in a shovelful of compost with handfulls of bone meal and wood ash to create the perfect soil environment for these heirloom seeds.

Plant 3-6 heirloom squash seeds per hill.  Once they have shown true leaves and grown in size, you should thin out to the 3 strongest plants.  Remember, harvest these summer squash continually in order to keep the plant producing.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Summer Squash:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


3 Tablespoons butter
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 zucchini squash, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons Chives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a skillet on medium high heat.  Add the butter and let it melt.  Once it is melted, add the bell pepper, zucchini, and squash.  Cook ten minutes, then add the minced garlic.  Cook for another 2-4 minutes, or until squash is tender.  Add parsley, chives, salt, and pepper.  Serve hot.
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