I just ADORE Summer Squash and Zucchinis! Nutritional Powerhouses, they can be used in so very many yummy ways! To me, summer is just not summer unless I am harvesting and eating copious amounts of them! Just remember to pick them before they get too large, although the Yellow Zucchini and Zucchini Rampicante (Tromboncino) which are my two FAVES can get quite large and still maintain their tenderness and awesome creamy flavor. Didja know their blossoms are edible and delicious too??!
Many of the varieties are more bush-type and won’t take up as much room; I plant mine near the edges of my raised beds and allow them to drape down and creep around the edge so they don’t smother and take over their less enthusiastic bedfellows!
Squash ‘Patisson Panache Jaune Et Vert Scallop’
Vining Carious (55 days – $4.95) Whew, what a name! Anyway, this is an outstanding French scalloped squash that is beautifully striped (as it gets older). Delish eaten as a summer squash, or left on to mature and be baked in the fall!
Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’
Vining 3 1/2 ” Pot (52 days – $4.95) This is the famous ribbed Italian Zucchini! Great gourmet variety (it is scalloped when sliced), and perfect for cooking whole when small! Harvest early and often!! (photo courtesy Baker Creek)
Vining Various (55 days – $4.95) I do believe that this one is my favorite zucchini…..it has long, slender, beautiful bright golden fruits in abundance on a smaller, compact plant…..mine were always yummy! Great in a mix with green or round ones!
Zucchini ‘Green Bush’
Zucchini ‘Lungo Bianco’
Bush-Like Various (60 days – $4.95) a bush type zucchini that won’t take nearly the amount of space, this one has mild and sweet light green fruits! (photo courtesy Baker Creek)
Zucchini Rampicante (AKA Tromboncino)
(70 days) This is one AWESOME CREATURE! Grown as a summer squash, this behemoth is Da Bomb, with very few seeds and a sweeter, creamier taste than regular zucchini. It is also so maaaaahvelous and bizarre looking and needs some room as it gets quite big.
The long “neck” is seedless and isn’t watery like zucchini can be, and it just keeps producing until a hard freeze. This is my new FAVORITE! They also seem to be very resistant to borers and powdery mildew. A definite “Gotta-Have”!
Zucchini ‘Striate d’ Italia’
Vining Various (50 days – $4.95) A very early Italian zucchini that got great reviews! It produces 8-9” striped light and dark green fruits that are adored in Italy. (photo courtesy Baker Creek)