Sunday, March 06, 2011

Organic cucuzza seed now available

Cucuzza pronounced "ku-koo-za" or goo gootz" to Italian-Americans is a very long, light green in color, Italian squash that is suddenly all the rage across the globe. The inside of this delicious and nutritious vegetable has a firm white flesh. The taste is a little sweeter and nuttier than other squash. although tastier,  It can be cooked like any other squash.

Our cucuzza are heirloom, organic, open pollinated and have been in our family for over 150 years. They originate in our hometown of Mezzojuso, Sicily.  (Sicilian: Menzujusu)  Mezzojuso is a village in the Province of Palermo in the Italian region of Sicily, located 34 km  (21 miles) southeast of Palermo. Mezzojuso is a stunning hillside village rich in history, art and agriculture.

The cucuzza grows like a vine and needs full sun and a trellis to support it's weight. The vine can grow up to 2 feet per day, the squash can grow up to 10 inches per day and can reach three to four feet in length. Because of the size cucuzza needs a lot of room to grow. They are at their best and most tenders when they  are 2-3 feet long. Our heirloom cucuzza have grown 5-6 feet in length and STILL have been tender !

Today, both traditional and trendy restaurants around the world have embraced cucuzza for both its health benefits and its culinary versatility. We are convinced that our strain is by far superior to any other  cucuzza seeds available

Season for picking: June - November

Buy Cucuzza Seed Here

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