PlantFiles: Italian Edible Gourd, Italian Squash, Tasmania Bean, Zucchetta Cucuzzi, Serpent of Sicily Lagenaria siceraria 'Cucuzzi'
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I agree that this is very easy to grow. My variety is called Cucuzzi caravazi, bought in 2002. It has grown 50' and shows no sign of slowing down. Leaves are 11" wide and 9" long, softly hairy/velvety, heart shaped, and have 5 gentle, pointed lobes. So far, the oldest gourds hang down through a yew hedge and are 5' plus. The youngest, about 12, are dangling from the top of our magnolia where they cannot be reached to eat. These behemoths are the color of luna moth wings - pale, sea green.
The flowers are about 3 1/2" on foot long stalks, white, fragrant, scented like a melon, have 4 creped, fringed petals, bloom at night and are a sight to see floating above the yew hedge at twilight. Well, the whole thing is a sight. Awesome.
On Sep 1, 2004, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
These are extremely easy to grow, definately a gourd, but an old-time italian favorite for eating. Harvest when young for eating (6" - 8") and cook like summer squash. Excellent sauteed in butter! Larger cucuzzi are not good for eating, but can be dried and crafted like any other gourd and the larger ones are where you harvest seeds. Gourds cross polinate easily, so grow gourds, squash and cucumbers as far apart as possible for seeds that will be true.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Waverly, Alabama Brandon, Florida Crawfordville, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Maccullom Lake, Illinois Rockford, Illinois Bassett, Kansas Estelle, Louisiana Ellicott City, Maryland Carson City, Nevada Dayton, Nevada Ramblewood, New Jersey Charlotte, North Carolina Hulbert, Oklahoma Conroe, Texas Seattle, Washington