Cucuzza

marial1214(Z 6 PA)July 15, 2007

That curly thing on my arm is from the Cucuzza plant which were sold to me in error. I thought I was buying Zucchini plants. Well I finally peeled it, sliced it and grilled it with olive oil, salt & pepper. It wasnt that bad. Earlier on this forum, people said it wasnt that good. I personally didnt think it was that bad and I am very happy to try new things....Zucchini is much better in flavor, however. Again, I am happy to have tried it and I will definitly cook some more as the season continues.

There are tons of them on the vine. Anybody want some? By the way, that's my first tomato. Yeah!!

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RuthieG__TX(z8 TX)

I've heard a lot of good things about Cucuzza ...I am going to grow some myself...My husband is from the Italian section of Tampa and he remembers eating it as a kid....

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 4:56PM
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koreyk

You are very fortunate to have Cucuzza. very hard to find seeds. It would be great if you allowed one to grow real big and make seeds and then offer them on GW, I hope to be first in line.

Does anyone have a good source for seeds.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 6:53PM
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raisemybeds(SouthernCT)

I originally got my seeds for this on Ebay, and since have found some at a weird local chain discounter very early in the Spring. I regret that I have only a few seeds left and so not enough to share. You are right, they are hard to find.

Marial in PA - that is one HUGE cucuzzi fruit. I have been picking mine at a smaller stage, fearing they would begin to toughen. Perhaps I will let them grow a little longer now.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 8:56PM
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farmerdilla

Cucuzzi seed sources;
Onalee Seeds, Seedfest, Reimerseeds, Bakercreek, Victory seed, New England seed. Remember that this cultivar is a true gourd and will be listed under gourds not squash.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cucuzzi Seeds

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 8:20AM
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RuthieG__TX(z8 TX)

I just bought some and have seen them listed in several places...

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 8:57AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

The key is harvesting it when it is young for eating, no more than 6-8 inches long. It's a fast grower so you have to watch it every day. You can use it as a substitute for zucchini.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 10:48AM
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marial1214(Z 6 PA)

I must say that I'm totally amazed you all have nice things to say about Cucuzza. The last time I posted about them, was the time I realized they were not the zucchini plants the store owner told me they were. They were labeled as "Old World Zucchini." I listed to the greenhouse owner and bought them. He, too, thought they were zucchini or he wouldnt have pointed to them on the rack, when I asked him where the zucchini plants were, in the beginning of the season.

So at that time the people who contributed to the post said you couldnt do anything with them except pickle them. I was quite disappointed and thought I was growing "a worthless flop."

When I read on the i-net that you could prepare them as you would zucchini I became more hopeful. Since I'm watching my weight, my favorite way to prepare regular zucchini is to slice them into rounds, drizzle olive oil, salt & pepper and grill them rather than stuff them, etc. So that's what I did with this Cucuzza Sunday afternoon for lunch. WE liked it but not as much as zucchini. I have about 6 more ready to be picked this week. I sure wish they were zucchini though....

I hope you find seeds. I have no idea how to get seeds from a fruit. I'm sure it's easy. You probably take them out of the fruit then dry them out on a paper towel or something.

Cucuzza has many different names, you must do a search on the i-net then you could see the different names.

If anybody wants seeds just email me and I'll try to save them from a fruit I cut next. They are sure are pretty in the garden....I dont recommend them over zucchini though, for taste.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 10:54AM
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carol_71(Netherlands z8)

Marial, you have very nice kitchen cabinets!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 12:04PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

To save squash (or gourd) seeds you need to let one of the fruit grow to a fully mature, ripe stage. Then remove and dry the seeds. The seeds should be plump, like the ones you bought.

Jim

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 12:52PM
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marial1214(Z 6 PA)

I bought these as plants, not seeds. It sounds easy to save seeds though. If anyone wants any, please let me know....

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 1:37PM
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bluebetty(7)

Wow Maria...what a find! The only place I have even seen them was in my grandpa's garden. He was full blooded Italian and grew all of his own veggies. They are yummy indeed if prepared in the right way. I remember getting in trouble for playing with these "big green bats" as a child...LOL. Thanks for the walk down memory lane Maria.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 3:12PM
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barb_in_ri

Hi! I am growing cucuzza for the first time (from seed). Is it supposed to be hairy? If they get bigger than 6-8 inches should I just let them grow on for seed and for fun, or can you still eat them? Can you snap them off or should I cut them free with a knife or scissor?

I fed my plant that organic fish fertilizer and its gone crazy.

They sure are strange looking things, but its been fun. They are now climbing up our deck canopy. They seem to get bigger every few hours.

Thanks for all your knowledge,
Barb

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 4:27PM
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chaman(z7MD)

It looks like Bottol Gourd.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 5:48PM
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chaman(z7MD)

I mean it looks like Bottle Gourd not Bottol Gourd.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 5:51PM
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organic_kat

Help!!!!!
I am growing what I think is a cucuzza plant. It's decided to grow along my fence and is almost 12ft now. But when it fruits they only get to be an inch or so long before they turn brown and die!!! :o(
I have been giving them lots of water..... any other ideas???

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 7:18PM
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chaman(z7MD)

Removing some shoots will help.Probably soil has more Ntrogen in it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 7:53PM
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farmerdilla

Chaman, It is a cultivar of bottle gourd. Bottle gourds are a popular edible in Asia, particularly India. This one that has spread into the Mediterranean.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 8:05PM
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chaman(z7MD)

Thanks farmerdilla.Good to know about cultivar.Hopefully I will try to get some seeds to grow it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 8:55PM
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farmerdilla

Most Asian seed companies will carry a good selection of bottle gourds designed for the table. This Indian company has a one of the better selections

Here is a link that might be useful: Bottle gourd

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 1:07PM
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flyqueen12_yahoo_com

my plants are growing greeat do i cut the dead leaves off or the white flowers? do I leave the stems from the dead green leaves help ps these seeds I have are from sicily about 25yrs old I rehidrated them dried them out and planted them I just dont know what to cut off
thanks

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 2:36PM
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Gator1961

I am growing cucuzza for the first time. All of the flowers seem to be males. How long does it take before female flowers appear?

Andrew

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 1:54AM
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TerryJo2me

Cucuzza is a wonderful squash, you can't over cook it because it stays firm, doesn't get mushy, it soaks up the flavor of whatever you cook it in. Cube it up in spaghetti, lasagna, swiss steak, goulash, it takes on the flavor of the dish, it's delicious and a great source of fiber. I have plenty of seeds and all it takes to get more seeds is to let one squash stay on the vine and go to seed, you'll have seeds year after year to share with your friends. If you want seeds, email me at borcoinc@yahoo.com with your mailing address and I will send you enough seeds to get you started. (25 seeds will get you going)

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 12:36AM
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