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Cucuzzi Italian Edible Gourd

Cucuzzi Italian Edible Gourd

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75 days — Also known as 'Italian Edible Gourd', 'Longissima' or 'Indian Squash'. 'Cucuzzi' is similar to vining type summer squash in growth habit with pretty, evening blooming, white flowers and large leaves that form a canopy over stems and fruit. The mature fruit are very ornamental and interesting.

Although they will reach two to three feet in length and three inches in diameter, harvest at the tender stage when six inches long and one inch in diameter and use like summer squash.

Some think that the flavor is rather bland but try them sautéed in olive oil with garlic and basil and finished off with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Yum! Each packet contains three grams, which is approximately 18 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Choose a location that has warm, well-drained and fertile soil. Work in plenty of organic matter and mulch to conserve moisture, as gourds are heavy water consumers.

Sow directly in garden after threat of frost has passed. Seed will not germinate if soil is too cold. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart.

These plants are grown like winter squash and require a lot of space and a long season for the fruits to reach full size.