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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’

Squash Patisson Panache Scallop #1 (my pic)

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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’

 (50 days  – $4.95)— This summer squash was an AAS winner in 1938 whose name sez it all!!! She produces lemon yellow tasty fruits in abundance. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Squash ‘Early Prolific Straightneck’

Squash Early Prolific Straightneck (courtesy Baker Creek)

(50 days  – $4.95)— This summer squash was an AAS winner in 1938 whose name sez it all!!! She produces lemon yellow tasty fruits in abundance.

Squash ‘Gelber Englisher Custard’

Squash Gelber Englischer Custard Squash (courtesy Baker Creek)

(65 days  – $4.95)—This German Heirloom produces what is described as nutty, buttery, subtly flavored summer squash (patty-pan type) on a bush type plant. The younger fruit is lemon yellow and more tender when 3-4” (some describe them as tasting like Artichoke hearts!). Takes up less room and even grows well in a large container!

Squash Gelber Englischer Custard immature and tender (courtesy Baker Creek)

Photos courtesy of Baker Creek.

Zucchini ‘Golden’

Picture Zucchini Golden and Tondo Scuro Round (my pic)

Vining Various (55 days  – $4.95) Yellow Zucchini on plate is the Golden.

I do believe that this one is my favorite zucchini… 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!

Squash ‘Early Golden Crookneck’

Squash Early Golden Crookneck (courtesy Baker Creek)

(50 days  – $4.95)— This variety actually predates Columbus times!!! This summer squash fares better than zucchini in rainy seasons, and has a more buttery, nutty flavor. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Zucchini ‘Green Bush’

Zucchini Green Bush and Golden (customer Nicole)

(55 days  – $4.95)—-One of my faves, this one produces deep green zucchini on bush type plants; PERFECT for large containers and small gardens! Photo from customer Nicole.

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.

Zuccini Rampicante

Zucchini Rampicante (my pic)

(AKA Tromboncino)

(70 days  – $4.95) 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.

Zucchini Rampicante sliced (my pic)

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’

Zucchini Striata D'Italia (my pic)


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.