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CUCURBITA maxima 'Marina Di Chioggia'
Originating in the Adriatic coastal town of Chioggia, this Italian heirloom squash is distinguished by its warty blue-green rind and its delicious golden-orange flesh. The highly decorative, 10-inch-wide (25 cm), "turban-shaped" fruits weigh up to 10 pounds (4 kg) each. In its native region its richly flavored flesh is used in gnocchi, pasta, and risotto. This variety grows from seed to harvest in about 105 days. The fruits store well, deepening in flavor after harvest.
Originating from tropical South America, winter squash have been cultivated since ancient times by Native Americans. These warm season, annual vines produce separate male and female flowers on the same plant. The male flowers appear first, followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases. The blossoms are large, golden yellow and pollinated by bees. Huge, bristly, lobed leaves often mask the developing fruits.
Sow the seeds of 'Marina di Chioggia' directly into mounds of rich, light, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Full sun is required for successful flowering and fruiting. To reduce the risk of fungal problems, avoid unnecessary wetting of vine stems and leaves. Also monitor for stem borers, leaf bugs and beetles. As fruits mature in autumn, deer, larger birds and rodents may browse them, so protect as needed. Harvest before heavy frosts when fruit color is solid. Cut from the stem, leaving a short “handle”, and take care not to cut or bruise the fruits. Store in a cool, dry location, leaving space for air circulation to discourage the spread of mold.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate
Gray Green, Dark Green
Green, Light Green
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Groundcover, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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