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Nov 02

Zucchino Rampicante

Vining Zucchini

Whether your garden is large or small, you probably want to make the best use of it.
That’s why you may want to consider Zucchino Rampicante.

This delicious squash grows vertically easily and produces an abundance of light green summer squash. Harvested small they are a wonderful addition to any recipe you would use zucchini in. The squash shown above were harvested after the weather had turned cold here in the Northeast, and after all the other zucchini had stopped producing.

Vining summer and winter squash

If left to their own devices these squash can become quite large as you can see. Their skin hardens and they are now used as a winter squash. They can be stored throughout the season as you would a pumpkin.

Baker Creek describes this stage as “… great as winter squash. The Italians use it for stuffing in gnocchi and ravioli; the flesh is rich and flavorful, great for baking and pies!”

We concur.

Can it get any better? Well, yes.
Because Zucchino Rampicante is a C. moschata, it won’t cross with most other squash varieties. This means the seeds you save are more likely to produce the same veggie.

Here are the specs:
Botanical name: Curcubita moschata
Days to maturity:70 for young ones
Hardiness: Can take some cooler temperatures once established.
How to grow: Very heavy feeders, amend the soil well. Plant 3′ apart, closer if trellising. Direct seed after all frost or very carefully transplant.