Somewhat by fortunate accident we ended up with a total of 3 zucchini beds made of 2 different varieties of heirloom zucchini.
Neither variety is very prolific, which means our kitchen is not inundated with green summer squashes.
Since both can brag a flavor far superior to any zucchini we had ever tasted, every harvest is greatly appreciated.
Seed source: Caserta cocozelle type from AveragePersonGardening.com
This is our first year with this cocozelle type variety, and we both agree the flavor is outstanding.
Don’t go hiding this variety in any zucchini bread, but instead let it stand out as the feature veggie.
Until you have tasted an Italian heirloom, you will probably think one zucchini is pretty much the same as the next.
Not only are they simply better homegrown, heirloom varieties that have survived because of their flavor are well worth trying.
Trust us, you will be hooked.
Seed source: Costata romanesco from Johnny’s Select Seeds
Equally wonderful in flavor, we had been growing this variety for many years.
We took a break 2 years ago to do some experimenting with squash cross pollination, but this spring ran across some saved seeds.
So here we are with 3 hills of zucchini, not once feeling overwhelmed, and enjoying the rich flavor both varieties provide.
If forced to compare we could not pick one over the other for flavor.
We would say the caserta cocozelle is a bit more prolific, and the costata romanesco’s more pronounced ribs gives it an edge for appearance.
If you are looking for recipes, we are compiling them on our recipe page here. Many more to come, including our latest Zucchini Burgers on 8/29/14.