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Cucuzzi Gourd (Organic)$3.50–$20.00
Lagenaria siceraria. Light Green. 65-75 days.
The original zucchini grown for thousands of years in Europe, these pale green gourds are best eaten before they reach 12″ long. With their white flesh and very mild flavor they are versatile in the kitchen and can be used in any dish that calls for summer squash. The leaves and tendrils, known as tenerumi, are also eaten in Sicily. Fully mature fruit ripens to a woody rind that can be cured and used to make dipper gourds or creative Halloween costumes (octopus? elephant?). In our standard squash growing conditions, mature fruit topped out at about 4′ long, but this is the same species used in “long gourd” competitions – the current world record is almost 12.5′ long! Rampant, fuzzy vines produce beautiful white flowers that are pollinated at night by moths – in the absence of the right pollinators, hand pollination may be necessary. Would be a good candidate to climb up a shade trellis. The 1950s song “My Cucuzza” by Louis Prima is an awesome tribute to this garden specialty that may just inspire you to add it to your garden. Please take a moment to find it on YouTube – we promise that you won’t be sorry!
Patisson Golden Marbre Scallop (Organic)$3.50–$20.00
Cucurbita pepo. Golden-Yellow. 60 days.
Bright golden-yellow patty pan squash with a delightful nutty flavor. Young fruit are nice & tender, larger fruit are firm & crunchy. Large bushy plants are quite productive. Unlike hybrid summer squash the fruits still taste great when picked “over-mature.” Perhaps the most amazing thing about this summer squash is its ability to store off the plant. We had a few fruits on our counter for over a month & they still cooked up perfectly delicious (we did have to scoop out a few seeds, though). Could this be a storage type summer squash? Or is it a dual purpose summer & winter-summer squash? Would be good to sow in spring with the winter squash & again mid-summer for a fall crop. A rare heritage French variety that makes us want to trial many more French varieties.
Zucchini, Genovese (Organic)$3.50–$30.00
Cucurbita pepo. Light Green. 55 days.
A lovely variety of zucchini from Italy. Fruits are light green with no ribbing & tend to bulb out a bit on the end. As with most Italian varieties, there is some variation in fruit appearance but the flavor is consistently delicious. We especially love the fact that the flavor & texture remain tender & delicious well beyond the “baby” stage, so you can miss picking for a few days & still have tasty zukes for the kitchen. Plants have a fairly large, open bush habit which makes for easy picking. Possibly the most productive summber squash we offer. Skin is fairly thin (no need to peel!) & can blemish easily.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Zucchini, Mutabile (Organic)$3.50–$30.00
Cucurbita pepo. Dark Green. 50 days.
A zucchini destined to be a favorite of home gardeners & small market farmers alike! Everything we need in a zucchini & hopefully everything you need too. Early fruiting, rich green color, sturdy bush plants, consistent high yield over time, & powdery mildew resistance. We used to be fans of the ultra dark-green hybrids coming out of the big seed corporations because good open pollinated zukes were hard to find. Lucky for us there have been some great varieties recently made available. The real benefit of Mutabile is that it yields consistently each week staying productive for the whole season, where the hybrids go big & then crap out mid-season. Plants have an open canopy with few spines. Powdery mildew resistance helps keep production & fruit quality high late into the season. Variety we discovered in Switzerland at Sativa Rheinau, a biodynamic seed company & our heads were again turned to Mutabile by Turtle Tree Seed in New York. We send out a big thank you to them & we hope to help this variety become even more well known.
Zucchini, Rheinau Gold (Organic)$3.50–$20.00
Cucurbita pepo. Golden-Yellow. 55 days.
A terrific yellow zucchini – delicate texture with a light flavor. Thin skin contributes to good eating quality with no need to peel. Smaller plants have an open growth habit and are productive over a long season. The fruit do not grow as large as green zucchini – if you miss a few days of harvest you won’t be greeted with a leg-sized fruit, but rather several forearm sized fruits. Occasional green-fruited plants. This seed comes to us via Meadowlark Hearth and was previously selected by Swiss seed company Sativa Rheinau, in biodynamic conditions, with an eye for both agronomic traits and eating quality – we are big fans of everything they release.
Zucchini, San Pasquale (Organic)$3.50–$30.00
Cucurbita pepo. Dark Green, Light Green Stripes. 55 days.
A richly flavored & productive zucchini from Southern Italy beating those watery zucchini hybrids hands down. Similar to Zucchino Striato di Napoli. Fruit is dark green with light green stripes & slight ridges. Produces a lot of male flowers which are great for stuffing or frying & the female flowers hold well enough to pick small fruit with flowers attached. Good candidate for the garden as we observed that San Pasquale is productive but not overwhelmingly productive, so you get a ton of squash to eat & share but not so many that you have to secretly leave them on your neighbor’s doorsteps. We would describe the yield as consistent all season long. Original seed sourced from the Italian seed producer Emanuele Larosa Sementi & we have selected it for uniformity.