Cucuzzi Gourd - Packet

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Also called the "Italian Edible Gourd," the Cucuzzi gourd resembles a giant green bean, is mild in flavor like squash, and can grow to be three feet long! Harvest for eating when young, or harvest for ornamental uses when mature. Long vines are heavy producers. 55 days for eating; 100 days for gourds.
Plant Information
The amazing Cucuzzi gourd was introduced to the U.S. in the later part of the 1900s by a man named Zio Menzie. Zio was born in Sicily and moved to New York as a teenager, and every time he traveled home to Italy he would bring more seeds back to the States when he returned. Although technically a gourd, the Cucuzzi is often referred to as a squash because, once peeled and seeded, it can be eaten much like zucchini and other squashes. Mild in flavor with a tender texture, it's delicious in all sorts of dishes and can even be used to make bread and muffins. These giant gourds can grow as long as three feet and plump up to three inches in diameter! However, for eating purposes they should be harvested when they're younger and much shorter, around 6-10 inches. If you decide to let them be the giants they can be, they're certainly fun for crafting and decorating and definitely grab attention. Before vegetable growth, the long, lush vines treat you to quite a show of pretty white flowers.
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Seed Life Cycle
Row Spacing
4-6 feet
Seed Spacing
24-36 inches
Planting Depth
1 inch
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Space After Thinning
6 feet
Days To Maturity
55 (for eating); 100 (for gourd use)
Days To Germinate
3-10 days
Botanical Name
Lagenaria siceraria
Additional Information
Introduced in 1830s
How To Grow