CUCUZZI and SNAKE GOURD

CucuzziCuzuzzi or Pale Green Snake Gourd
Striped Snake GourdStriped Snake Gourd
Cucuzzi and Snake Gourd are also called Snake Squash and Bottle Gourd. They are used much like zucchini, but they are, a different genus from squash. They are used at the same stage of maturity as zucchini and summer squash. The flavor is quite distinct, although somewhat reminiscent of zucchini. We have found that cucuzzi can be substituted for zucchini in some dishes.

The cucuzzi we raise is an Italian type. We sell it as cucuzzi or pale green snake gourd. Some also call it bottle gourd. The plant is widely recognized and enjoyed by people from many cultures from Southern Europe to South East Asia. Cucuzzi is very aggressive and productive in our climate and we sell cucuzzi or the pale green snake gourd by the pound.

We also raise a striped snake gourd. Striped snake gourd grows very slowly in our climate. Some years, the plant is not very productive. The plant we raise has delicate vines, small white flowers, and staminate flowers in a cluster. Our customers from the South of India tell us the plant is slightly different from back home. We are still seeking a good seed source for the version from the South of India. Striped Snake Gourd is often ready by mid-August at the Tree Farm -- earlier in hot summers, later in cool years. Due to the difficulty of raising striped snake gourd in our climate, we price striped snake gourd by the each.

Picking Cucuzzi

Cucuzzi or Snake Gourd can be picked by grasping the fruit near the stem end and gently twisting and pulling the fruit. Some people prefer to use a knife or pruner to cut the stem. The vines are covered with relatively soft spines. Some tough-skinned people are not bothered by these spines. Others are more comfortable wearing long sleeves and gloves to pick these vegetables.

Picking Season

Cucuzzi is normally ready in early August and continues to bear until frost. Striped Snake Gourd is often ready by mid-August depending on the season.

The Tree Farm
The Pick-your-own Vegetables Place
www.thetreefarm.net
In Northwestern Dane County, Wisconsin, serving Madison and the surrounding area
8454 State Road 19
Cross Plains, WI 53528

608.798.2286

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Updated May 07 2017

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