Uncle Menzie cucuzzi squash

Organic Cucuzzi Gourd

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 organic seed cucuzziLagenaria siceraria

Organic Cucuzzi Gourd (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 Castellamare 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 into 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 know 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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100' Row Yield

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1" 90-110 70-85 3-10 48" 24-36" 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips For Heirloom Winter Squash Seeds:

Heirloom winter squash don't mind the heat as much as their name implies.  Only plant once the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees and keep in mind that most heirloom varieties of winter squash take 110 days to mature.  So be sure to leave enough time to allow them to fully develop. 

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 winter squash continually in order to keep the plant producing.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Winter Squash:

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

 

Organic Winter Squash

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