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General Category => Seed Exchange => Topic started by: nubabear on March 01, 2016, 07:43:34 PM

Title: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nubabear on March 01, 2016, 07:43:34 PM
Im looking for a few seeds  of cucuzi squash
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: MikeM on March 02, 2016, 12:08:59 PM
PM me your address and I'll send you some.  That is I'll send some if I haven't gotten them all packed up.

This variety grows like kudzu so I hope you have room.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: MikeM on March 02, 2016, 04:22:43 PM
I'm sorry but my garden things got packed up with my shop and no telling where they are.  We are taking a load this weekend but it will be a month or more before we do any unpacking.

Sorry about that
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: btrcj on March 09, 2016, 12:58:09 PM
I have some.  send your address in a PM and i will get them out to you.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: btrcj on March 17, 2016, 06:33:22 AM
 nubabear, the seeds are on the way.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nubabear on March 17, 2016, 03:03:03 PM
thankyou
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nubabear on March 20, 2016, 07:19:33 AM
got them  in the mail thanks a bunch  kurt
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: btrcj on March 21, 2016, 06:41:48 AM
No problem.  i got the original seeds from my uncle Jim Bananno of Baton Rouge.  Every one on my mothers side of the family, Uncles Jim, Sidney, Carlo and James usually had them hanging in the fig trees.  They have probably been in the family for over 100 years here in the states and who knows how long in the old country.  We always pronounce them "gagooza".

I have given seeds to 3 people here at work who are growing them.
Glad to see them being passed along.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: MikeM on March 21, 2016, 08:24:49 AM
I was always amazed at how many seeds you can get out of one of those things.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nuclearmac on March 22, 2016, 07:46:55 PM
No problem.  i got the original seeds from my uncle Jim Bananno of Baton Rouge.  Every one on my mothers side of the family, Uncles Jim, Sidney, Carlo and James usually had them hanging in the fig trees.  They have probably been in the family for over 100 years here in the states and who knows how long in the old country.  We always pronounce them "gagooza".

I have given seeds to 3 people here at work who are growing them.
Glad to see them being passed along.
          I'm not  sure what happened , I sent a couple pm's about getting a few cucuzza seeds. have not heard back from you. pm me when you get time,, thanks .. mac
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: richard76093 on April 03, 2016, 05:43:53 PM
I would love to get some of these seeds
Thanks
Richard
North Central Texas

Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: btrcj on April 05, 2016, 01:45:00 PM
PM your address. 
I should be able to send a few.



Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: richard76093 on April 06, 2016, 09:48:19 PM
PM's sent
Been on night shift off the forum
Gotta love working 12's on night shift
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: alwaystj9 on April 13, 2016, 01:41:43 PM
Sympathy for the night shift, I work rotating 12 hr. shifts, too... What kind of trellis do you all use for the cucuzzi sqash? I haven't planted the seeds I have, hopin to get a trellis in place first. I have an old swingset that may work, just not sure what wire to use on it.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: btrcj on April 19, 2016, 08:20:08 AM
I've used trellis netting in the past.  it worked OK.   
Something sturdier would be better.
My uncles used to let them grow into the fig trees.

The swing set would work with wire or maybe welded fencing attached.



Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: tangentalstorm on April 20, 2016, 09:40:10 AM
I got some cucuzzi squash seeds from westwinds and am going to use stucco netting (6x6" grid) from Lowes between 2 t-posts for anchors as a trellis for them (bout the same as concrete mesh). I prefer it because it's flat and comes in panels.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: pknowles on April 20, 2016, 12:27:52 PM
I have seeds for anybody who needs them. I originally got these from Bigoledude that was on here. (anybody knows where he's at? I think he's from Lafayette area) Anyway, he sent me some last year and I planted and now I have a bunch of seed. By the way, when you cook this squash, you do take the seeds out first, right?  I find that to be a chore. LOL 

PK
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: MikeM on April 21, 2016, 07:22:36 AM
We eat them with the seeds if they are still fairly small and tender.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: tangentalstorm on April 21, 2016, 10:13:46 AM
I am looking forward to stuffing and baking them like I do with zucchini, plus I am going to try my hand at ratatouille when they come in.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: LakeRat1 on April 21, 2016, 12:16:48 PM
pknowles I would like to get some of the seed for the cucuzzi squash, I will mail U a stamped address envelope >< Message me your mailing address and I will get it to U

Thanks Rat
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: alwaystj9 on April 22, 2016, 09:46:46 AM
I'll look into the stucco netting. I thought about leaning a fence panel against the old swing set but I hate to give up a fence panel for the season. My seeds came from a guy at work who is related to some family that grows cucuzzi professionally...which sounds kind of weird. I have never even seen a live cucuzzi in person, every year I try something new -- a little garden strange.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: cappy on April 22, 2016, 12:28:28 PM
Please excuse ma ignorance, but isn't that the pale flat round squash kinda like a bumpy flying saucer?   
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nuclearmac on April 22, 2016, 12:53:30 PM
Christopher cordaro in ruston , la. [I think] has worlds largest  commercial cucuzza farm in world .. google cucuzza and should find his web site. even have a song about cucuzza on his site...  they come in different shapes and sizes .. the ones I have are club shaped , one I let grow fell off vine after frost .. it was 28 inches long and 24 inches around at bottom.. best picked 12 to 18 in. cordardo's grow long and skinny like a hot dog.. can eat with seeds if they are picked smaller.. my vines grew up trellis 6 ft. and than down cattle panels 16 ft. and added an old ladder 8 ft long and they wanted more.. planted after hot spell last year. they love hot weather from what I heard.. planting this year in a big pot by middle of fence in front yard about 20 ft. each way. they are getting ready to climb now , leaves as big as dinner plate.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nuclearmac on April 22, 2016, 12:57:50 PM
man I got my seeds from in fordache , his grow down fence ,on  the ground , up trees 15 20 ft. tall.. don't know how long one would eventually get
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: nuclearmac on April 22, 2016, 01:00:23 PM
Please excuse ma ignorance, but isn't that the pale flat round squash kinda like a bumpy flying saucer?
  the one I have is a pale green and smooth skin. cucuzza supposed to mean Italian squash  , I believe
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: bigboberta on April 22, 2016, 02:19:32 PM
Please excuse ma ignorance, but isn't that the pale flat round squash kinda like a bumpy flying saucer?

What you are describing is Patty Pan squash.  Cuccuza squash are long and slender, Some are long but big around at the bottom.  Google them.

Bob
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: pknowles on April 22, 2016, 02:37:55 PM
LakeRat, check your messages. I would like to see some recipes to make with Cucuzzi. Anybody have a good one to share?

Thanks,

PK
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on April 22, 2016, 06:55:58 PM
this site has 11.  apparently you can use it just like you would zucchini.

http://www.food.com/search/cucuzza

Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on August 11, 2017, 10:26:48 AM
i am excited to report that the cucuzza growing on the lattice on my porch are growing!  i am going to let one or 2 get to a couple feet and then pick.  one i want to leave and let it grow to see how long it grows.   :P
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Monroe on August 15, 2017, 02:48:46 PM
I grew those for a couple of years. They grow fast and spread fast. My trellis was the cheap 8' landscape post from HD, I set the post in the ground about 20'' paralleled them about 4' apart then about 10'  apart down about 50' at the garden's edge then   used cheap 3/8 rope zig zagged from the post to post top real tight. I sent seeds to someone on the forum but the name escapes me. They do get lots of attention


                                                   Monroe
 
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on October 08, 2017, 05:05:51 PM
i have a question on saving cucuzza seeds.   i had several little female flowers show up, but only 2 grew.  the second one ended up getting picked small because it was on the same vine with the 1st one and growing super slow. i think the big was was taking all the nutrition.

anyway, i did end up with 1 big cucuzza with a larger end that had full sized seeds in it.  i did scrape out the seeds and just rinsed then dried them.  once they dried out i bagged them up and have kept them. (we ate the cucuzza a few ways.  it was pretty good.)  the bugs and powdery mildew did get the vines after i had already pulled the big one, so i am done for the season with cucuzza.

my question is, what are the odds the seeds will be viable?  i just rinsed and dried them out since we wanted to eat the cucuzza and not let it dry out on the vine. 
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Ragun Gardener on October 09, 2017, 09:47:37 AM
I'll let you know in a few days if they'll sprout. I did the same thing and just planted a few to rest germination.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on October 11, 2017, 09:24:21 AM
cool!  thanks ragun!
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on October 14, 2017, 04:33:12 AM
any luck on getting them to sprout ragun?
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Ragun Gardener on October 14, 2017, 09:07:24 AM
Nothing yet.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on November 03, 2017, 07:50:37 AM
well, i did cut off at ground level and pull down the old vines that had died off during the heat.  oddly, once the heat broke, i had another vine start up again.  it is already at the top of the lattice.  i know it will die since it is getting very cold here at night now, but so far it has not.  there are many flowers on it, but they are teeny-tiny.  it is cool to see it growing though. 

any luck on germinating the seeds you saved ragun?   i kept mine and put them away anyway.  i figure if i plant some next year and they grow...all the better.  if not, i still have a few left i did not plant this year.

Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Ragun Gardener on November 03, 2017, 08:14:31 AM
They didn't germinate yet and I don't think they will. Good Luck with yours, it doesn't hurt to try.
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: billygoat on November 05, 2017, 02:51:00 AM
Seeds From Italy is a great web site for Italian seeds.  Price is right too....Just be aware - the seed packages will arrive in aluminum foil packages with the information on them written in Italian.  Quick shippers.    Bill
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Dacajun on April 17, 2018, 09:13:12 PM
Pknowels I would like some seeds as well if you have any extra I will mail you a stamped envelope if you could PM me a mailing address.

 Thanks,
Dacajun
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Double B on April 17, 2018, 10:20:16 PM
Welcome to the forum Dacajun,

I hope you find the seeds your are looking for and will share your gardening experiences with us.

Double B
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on April 18, 2018, 07:55:52 AM
Pknowels I would like some seeds as well if you have any extra I will mail you a stamped envelope if you could PM me a mailing address.

 Thanks,
Dacajun

hey dacajun.  did you get some seeds?  i just planted some of mine, but have a few left if you want them.  not sure how they will turn out, but hey, they are free.  lol.

send me a message on here with your address and i will be glad to send them to you. 
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: Ragun Gardener on April 18, 2018, 08:32:34 AM
I'm glad I saw this post. I tried to keep seeds from one I cooked last year and they never came up so I saved one to dry like Donald showed in his video. I just checked it and it's dry so I have seeds too if anyone needs some.
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Here's the video I mentioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gelj8JkibxQ
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: woodchip gardener on April 18, 2018, 11:14:36 AM
that is awesome ragun.  i hope some of those come up for you!
Title: Re: cucuzzi squash
Post by: pknowles on April 26, 2018, 04:33:19 PM
hey dacajun,

I just seen your message, so sorry. I will look to see if I have any more seeds and let you know.  ;D