What is a tromboncino squash? It looks like something out of Cinderella’s garden, long and somewhat curly. Not a typical looking summer or zucchini squash. The vines wander all over the garden and surrounding area. One might think with a whisk of a magic wand, a carriage might appear to take Cinderella to the famous ball.
Baby squash – grow baby grow!
I love the vine tendrils this plant produces.
Tromboncino, also known as zucchetta, or schiacciare (Italian) is associated with summer squash, and some equate it to zucchini. It is thought to originate from Liguria, a coastal region in northwest Italy.
I’ve had a fascination with this squash for years. I saw them in Sicily many years ago and was struck by their odd shape and large size. I didn’t think they would grow in Portland because of the mild temperature, but to my delight, I was successful this summer. They were slow growing from germination, but the great thing about this squash is that you can let them continue to grow through the fall season. I am surprised how many squashes I was able to harvest from two plants.
What can you do with a tromboncino squash? Use it in about anyway you would a summer squash. For something different, I tried this recipe baba ganoush.
I just love the shape of this strange looking squash!
Cut up and ready to cook.
Grill in outside BBQ or inside using the oven.
Scoop out the soft flesh.
And it’s baba ganoush!
I am lucky enough to have a good friend Paola that gave me some seeds from Italy. However, if you are considering growing this squash in your garden, here is a source for seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds and a comment from their website:
“Did you know that you can cut part of it and let the other part seal itself–it produces its own glue. Then you can leave it out for a number of days until you finish it and it keeps just fine. Clever these Italians!”
Of course, we are!