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Monday, August 27, 2012
Zuchetta rampicante is a unique type of squash. It can be harvested and used as a summer squash or as a winter squash. I picked this squash in the picture when I took the picture. I used it as a summer squash and sauteed most of it for my lunches. It lasted me quite a few lunches as it was at least two feet long. I would cut off a hunk of the squash and it would ooze a little and then seal over until the next time I wanted some. I stored it on the counter for two weeks like this as I ate it. Once I hit the seeds in the bulge at the end it when it did not store any longer. I ended up with a mold spot the day after I got to the seeds. I cut that part off and put the rest in the fridge. I did notice that many of the seeds were pretty immature, and I would like to save seeds, so I will be sure and let at least one of these squash grow on the vine much longer. I can use that squash as a winter squash. As the squash get older on the vine, they develop a thicker skin like a winter squash would. Apparently, the squash picked when they are older can store quite a while just like a winter squash. I plan to test that theory this year. I will continue to grow this kind of squash either way because it has proven itself to be a valuable addition to my garden and my kitchen so far.