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Spaghetti squash, Bottle gourd, Calabash, Suzza melon, Italian edible gourd, Tasmania bean, Zucca

Cucurbitaceae Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standl.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Cucuzzi is an edible gourd, often classed as a summer squash, but not a true squash. The plant is a vining annual, with large. pubescent leaves on long petioles which form a canopy over the stems and fruits. Fruits are up to 2 to 3 feet long and 3 inches in diameter, light green in color, with a smooth skin. They are harvested when the skin and flesh are tender. Similar to vining type summer squash in growth habit.

Season, seeding to harvest: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Limited.

Use: As cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: Whole fruit.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch