Serpent of Sicily
I enjoy all your squash, but the one I have the most fun with is Zuchetta Serpent of Sicily / Cucuzza. They are showy, abundant and delicious. It starts with finding a sunny spot where I can build a trellis or arbor for these aggressive climbers to grow. I don’t bother to scrape the seed shells or soak the seeds. They germinate just fine if the soil is wet and warm. I fill a good size hole with organic leaf compost and plant 3-4 seeds in each spot. When seeds germinate I train them to grow on the trellis or arbor, although they manage just fine on their own. One important and delicious element is to prune the side growing tips of the vine and sauté them in olive oil. They are delicious and keeps the vine from getting overly bushy. Otherwise, I pick most of the cucuzza when it is 12-18 inches long. My favorite preparation is sautéed with with onion, garlic and tomato sauce, and eaten with some homemade crusty bread. I do leave a couple of cucuzza on the vine, letting them grow to 3-4 feet. They become the center of attention in the neighborhood.