Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Cocozelle'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cocozelle
Additional cultivar information:(aka Cozella, Cocozella Di Napoli)
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Type:

Zucchini (summer)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

Mature Skin Color:

Light Green

Medium Green

Striped

Size:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)

Habit:

Bush

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Clovis, California

Los Angeles, California (2 reports)

Oakhurst, California

San Carlos, California

San Marcos, California

Van Nuys, California

West Sacramento, California

Decatur, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Belton, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

East Chatham, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Batavia, Ohio

Jamestown, Ohio

Aston, Pennsylvania

Sedro Woolley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 29, 2013, kapiticook from Wellington
New Zealand wrote:

For several years I have been growing Cocozelle zucchini and I always take great delight at the speed at which they grow and at the robust nature of the plant.

The texture of the fruit is superb, the flavour delicious, and the fact that the seeds are small means the whole thing can be eaten either sauteed, stir fried, grated in a loaf, blended in a green smoothie, raw in salads or baked in a cake! Of all the zuke types that I grow, this is a firm favorite.

Negative

On Apr 9, 2011, spaghetina from San Carlos, CA wrote:

Absolutely the grossest tasting squash I've ever eaten, which surprised me, since I've heard good things about it for several years now (which is about as long as I've been gardening - and that is to say, not long). Production was decent, and the plants weren't especially unwieldy, but each and every squash picked tasted decidedly "earthy", to put it politely. Less politely stated, these tasted like dirt. Literally. Texture was as one would expect a zucchini to be - nothing noteworthy.

Won't be growing again, and instead, am moving on to Costata Romanesco, which I understand produces less, but is purported to have a flavor superior to all. Fingers crossed!

Positive

On Mar 26, 2011, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Another excellent grower. When picked young, these have a very nutty flavor and taste wonderful when roasted in good oil. Still holds flavor well when it becomes larger and is my choice zucchini for making zucchini parmesan.

Positive

On Jan 2, 2011, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

Great all around variety. We had quite huge fruit with tiny seeds and "young" flavor. We stuffed a 12 pounder for dinner - more than enough for a family or five with one squash. Sweet and delicious.

Neutral

On Dec 29, 2008, earmbruster from Batavia, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

A great tasting Zuke, but very attractive to the squash bugs. Lost all plants each year I planted this variety. Won't plant it again, but I'll miss the taste!

Positive

On Jun 25, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my first ripe zucchini in 2006 in zone 5a. It has a nice mild flavour and a pretty striping on the squashes as they grow. I like to pick them small so the ones I have eaten have been between 5 and 9 inches long. They are prolific producers for me. Also, the squash grow very quickly once fertilized - they are ready to pick in about 4-5 days from the time they get started, for me. It would be longer if you wanted them to be really big zucchini. I am growing them in raised beds. No special treatment - just some mushroom compost in the raised beds, along with topsoil.

Neutral

On Jan 28, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day old time striped cultivar. Introduced in 1934, Cocozella is a classic zucchini 10 12 in. with dark and pale green stripes mottled with creamy flecks. Flesh is greenish white, firm and flavorful. Fruits can be harvested very young, but will remain tender even at 10 in. Heavy producer. Bush plant.