Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash 'Cocozelle'

Cucurbita pepo

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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Zucchini (summer)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (2 reports)

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:


On Aug 11, 2017, Bigfeet from Los Alamos, NM wrote:

Comparisons in this post are to Black Beauty zucchini, which I am also growing this year and in the past. They both grow alike and are equally prolific. Cocozelle is a more attractive plant, because the leaves stay deep green and don't turn whitish. It is also somewhat easier to find the speckled light-and-dark green striped veg because there is more contrast with the foliage. Cs are more prone to curving, and tend to grow more bulbous at the end (teardrop shape). Cs are faceted, with flat or even ridged sides, not a round cross section. I have read that C tastes nuttier than BB, but to me they taste milder and less "green". I have picking them small, so I can't compare pithiness of large veges. Cs (the veg, not the plant) grow slower, so fewer "baseball bats". Aside from the novelty of st... read more


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.