Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Here's what William Woys Weaver has to say about these gourds in 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From:
"This culinary gourd has been raised in the Mediterranean region for at least two thousand years, perhaps even longer, for ceramic copies of it have been found in archeological sites on Cyprus and in Egypt. ... Prior to contact with the New World, Zucca [meaning gourd, but now extended to all sorts of squash] a Tromba was this long, baseball bat-like gourd that furnished Italian gardeners with a source of zucchini (baby gourds). Once New World squashes were introduced in the 1500s, it was quickly discovered that the young fruits could also be used in the same manner, hence the transfer of cooking techniques and terminology."
I seem to have used the word "impressive" and its forms a lot in this post! Well, that's what the cucuzzi gourd is. It reminds me of the zucchetta tromboncino (or rampicante) squash we usually grow but are skipping this year (that one would be on the Americas side of the garden if we were growing it), but it is a little more agreeable when it comes to climbing. It's fun - if you have room, try it!