Tromboncino Italian Summer Squash
Tromboncino squash (also known as zucchino rampicante) is the best of both worlds as it can be harvested very young as a summer squash or left to ripen to a tan color and used as a winter squash. It is definitely a contender for the best tasting summer squash out there with its incredibly tender, creamy, and nutty flavor when harvested at the shiny green stage. If you fall behind on harvesting you can let the squash turn tan in color and use them like butternut squash. In Italy the use the full mature squash as a filing for ravioli or to make gnocchi. The plants grow to be large vines, not bushes like most summer squash. The squash will grow straighter if trellised, but will do fine as a ground vine.
Squash are heavy feeders and prefer very fertile soil with good drainage. They require consistent moisture for good growth. pH 5.8 to 6.8
Squash grow best in the warm weather of summer. Direct seed or transplant into the garden after all danger of frost has passed.
Days to Maturity
Photo credit: Territorial Seed Company