This is a big plant, as are most Italian zucchini. This is a good producer of grey/green fruit with very prominent ribs. Produces lots of flowers over a long season. Can be transplanted for an early crop, but you need to be careful not to disturb the roots. Set 4-5 seeds 1/2 inch deep in a six or eight inch pot 3 weeks before set out date (last frost date). Thin to 2-3. Set out at three foot spacing in rows six feet across. For direct seeding, 4-5 seeds every three feet, thin to 2-3. Keep well watered until germination (5-10 days). 55- days to produce fruit. Pack holds @ 50-60 seeds.
Posted by Michael on 6th Apr 2013
This variety has become a staple for my Virginia garden since I first tried it several years ago. It has a unique complex savory, sweet, and nutty flavor which is rarely rivaled in my experience. The only drawback is that the plants succumb fairly easily to mid-Atlantic foliage problems but I I have found that a second mid-to-late-Summer planting does better than the initial mid-Spring planting.
Posted by Jerry on 30th Mar 2012
This is one of those heirloom vegetables that is so much better than the commercial hybrids. We often slice the big ones and inch or two thick and grill them with olive oil, salt/pepper just like a steak. This is a big plant - very big actually, and prone to squash bugs, but worth the effort and space if you have it.
Posted by Marion in OH on 22nd Mar 2012
these are ENORMOUS! they grow incredibly fast, think twice as fast most zukes, some have been 6-8 inches even before they bloom, which makes them nice to stirfry with the blossoms attached :-) if that wasn't enough, they have an incredible flavor, raw or cooked, and are not as watery at their more common relatives. they are sturdy enough to roast with potatoes, yet tender enough at 2 feet long that you can still pierce them with your fingernail.
Posted by Paul on 7th Dec 2011
These bear well over a long period and are easy to harvest when still small. Firm delicious flesh. A large plant. In my location superior to other striped Italian varieties. Also excellent for zucchini pickles.
Posted by Steve on 1st Oct 2011
This is the only zucchini I grow. Not only is it gorgeous, but the fruits seem meatier than other zucchinis--less watery with more of that pectin-like juice that you find in winter squashes. Great on its own or as a base for a full meal.