Wednesday, July 18, 2012
My vegetable garden: Zuchetta rampicante (trombino squash)
Zuchetta is a summer squash that vines and stores like a winter squash. Rather than growing in a bush like most summer squashes, it is a vining plant grows up trellises and fences. This may help in its vine borer resistance. When you pick them, they have the soft skin of a summer squash, but the skin can harden so that they can be stored like a winter squash. They apparently store so well that you can cut off one end and the cut piece will form a sort of seal so that the rest wont go bad. The fruits can get up to three feet long and one plant can produce 20 squash. I read that they taste similar to zucchini, but haven't been able to taste any just yet. The vines themselves started fairly slow, but are beginning to take off quite quickly up my old grapevine arbor. I did help them up it a little by tying them to it since there aren't any places for them to grab on the arbor. I will post an update when I (hopefully) have some squash to show.