Cocozelle Summer Squash
'Cocozelle' summer squash.

Cocozelle Summer Squash

$2.25
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Cocozelle
(Cucurbita pepo)

55 days —  Also known as 'Cocozella di Napoli', this Italian heirloom has become a garden staple for many. The plants are bush-type producing long cylindrical zucchini fruit that are dark green colored, striped in lighter green. Their flesh is greenish white and firm.

Although we prefer to harvest the fruits when they are about eight to ten inches in length, MM. Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885) stated:
"All through Italy . . . the fruit is eaten quite young, when it is hardly the size of a cucumber, sometimes even before the flower has opened, when the ovary, which is scarcely as long or as thick as the finger, is gathered for use. The plants, thus deprived of their undeveloped fruits, continue to flower for several months most profusely . . ."
Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 26 to 28 seeds.
Delicious garden monsters
I grew three plants in 2015. I had never grown squash before but had heard the harvests can be overwhelming. I had thought three plants would be manageable but oh my was I wrong. We could not eat or give them away before they reached over a foot in length. I think my mistake was from the beginning not picking them at the recommended 6 to 8 inches. Bigger is not better, pick early and often!! I had one plant travel over six feet in my garden! So be warned, they need their space. That being said, both my celery and leeks did quite well in close proximity. Looking forward to growing again with the knowledge of last season in hand.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Chicago Suburbs. on 2/2/2016
5/5
Simply amazing! Taste and variety
This is a super zucchini! The first time I have grown them. I will forever grow them every year with joyful anticipation. Delicious at any size, we had whoppers up to 3 pounds measuring over 12 inches. We usually have problems with squash vine borers in the spring. No exception this year. These vines however are so tough that although we had extensive damage, the little pests were not able to substantially damage or kill any of the vines. The store bought varieties available locally would have been dead long before I pulled and composted these still capable but chewed up vines. Looking forward to the fall crop. Tough! Love em, thanks Victory!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Foley, Alabama. on 7/29/2015
5/5
Simply an incredible product.
Simply an incredible product. Can be picked early like most Zucchini types. We find it's best flavor and usability well above "standard" sizes, and our customers agree. Best flavor is in fruits of 12 to 16 inches. Prolific even in years of extreme heat, or very late cold. We have been growing and selling this product for years and it is simply a perennial with our customer, who come back year after year just for this squash.
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Reviewed by:  from Falcon, Colorado. on 2/12/2013
5/5
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