Sicilian Zuchino

Sicilian Zuchino

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The fruits from this type of zucchini are light green and very long reaching lengths of 6-8 feet. Plants are usually staked in order for the fruit to grow straightIt is actually a gourd (it has white flowers rather than yellow like squash), but is grown and eaten like a summer squash. Much favored by people from Southern Italy. Fruit can grow up to three feet long, but tastes best when picked young, no more than 12 inches. Vigorous grower with long vines so leave plenty of room. Vines can easily run 25 feet; does well on a terrace or pergola. Pinch the growing tips of the vines and saute them in olive oil; they are very tasty that way.