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CUCURBITA moschata 'Tromba d'Albenga'
Trombone-shaped Zucchini of Albenga, Zucchetta, Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino
What a delicious conversation piece! Zucchetta rampicante tromboncino is an Italian heirloom squash that bears remarkable trombone-shaped fruits with long sinuous "necks" and bulbous bases. The smooth, yellow-green immature fruits are like summer squash and delicious eaten sautéed, roasted or steamed. Some say they have an artichoke-like flavor. Mature fruits become quite large and have tan skin surrounding yellowish flesh that can be roasted, though this squash is best eaten young. The rambling plants may be trained on a sturdy trellis or allowed to trail on the ground. Harvest young 'Tromba d'Albenga' squash between 75 and 80 days after sowing.
This squash is of the species Cucurbita moschata, a warm season, annual vine originating from the Americas. The large, rambling plants cling to supports via tendrils and form roots along the stems as they spread. The enormous lobed green leaves have a prickly surface texture that can irritate the skin. As with most cucurbits, separate male and female flowers appear on the same plant. The male flowers appear first on the vine followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases. The blossoms are large, golden yellow and pollinated by bees.
Sow squash seeds directly into mounds of rich, light soil after the 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. Monitor closely for stem borers, leaf bugs and beetles, and protect from browsing deer, birds and rodents in autumn. The mature squash of 'Tromba d'Albenga' are quite ornamental. Cut them from the vine before heavy frost when the rind is firm and solid in color, leaving enough stem to discourage fruit rot.
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
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m
Central America, South America
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Green, Light Yellow, Tan
Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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