What is it?

Can you tell me what these are. Furthermore, can you tell me a story of your experiences therof. Marvin G brought me one last year, and  I

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have not gotten over it, since he is not Italian.


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18 Comments on “What is it?”

  1. mary ann coletti Says:

    Hi Ed,

    I have seen these at Stop & Shop in Cranston. Have never bought any but they do look interesting. As far as I know they are the type of zucchine that are grown in Italy. Always wondered how they were grown. They look like grape vines!


  2. Marvin G Says:

    I am the Marvin G who presented Ed with this “what is it” as I know that Diane has a recipe for almost anything that grows, and Ed will eat whatever Diane cooks, like it or not.


  3. Joe Giusto Says:

    Hey, now you are in my ballgame..these are cocozzelle lunga..long zucchini..to us growing them for food…and delicious I may add.
    But, in reality they are a long gourd, or zucca lunga.
    And they will fit any zucchini recipe. Much better in my estimation, since they do not break down in cooking as much as a zucchini.I.e. the texture seems better.
    OK,Dr. Ed, now I need to get some of those seeds.Do you have access to a few from the grower?
    Also, there is a category for “giant gourds” at our annual Giant Pumpkin Growers weighoff at Frerichs’ Farm in Warren, RI., the weekend of Columbus Day.
    I did win 3rd prize last year..about 98″ long.Worldwide, mine was about 25th.
    We grew them for food as a child, but they were not the giant variety, only about 3-4 feet.
    I would like to see the patch of these”gourds”, if possible.
    Joe Giusto

    • OK…I need the pictures….
      No, I do not have any seeds, Joe. I took the pictures from another publication, not anyone I knew.

    • Holly Chase Says:

      Yes, Joe– lots of seeds– Please come back to http://Almostitalian.com for more cucuzza & tenerumi ( tendrils) recipes, and the link to the commercial growers (the Cordaros)– phones, fax, emails are all on their website. They sell packets of the gourd seeds and also their own Sicilian basil. And–they even have honey from their cucuzza blossoms.

      We’ll be talking about the honey in an upcoming post as The Cucuzza Chronicles continue. Probably at least two more posts…

      If you or anyone else would like to tell us more about your own growing techniques for CT, RI, & elsewhere, we’d like to talk about those vs. how they are farmed in Louisiana.

      holly (at) almostitalian (dot) com

    • Amanda Says:

      I have seeds. we grow them every summer in New York. They are actually easy to grow except for the fact that you need to hand pollinate them. That means you must know the difference between the male and female flowers on the vine. If you would like seeds and more info get back to me.

  4. JB Says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this, but the term “cucozza” was used by the late actress, Anne Bancroft.
    She brought this enormous zucchini..or maybe it was an eggplant…on to the Johnny Carson show, and it brought a lot of laughs.
    Anyway, apparently her father had grown it in his garden. Anne was after all, of Italian heritage. Don’t know what her original name was however…maybe someone could Google it.

  5. Joe Giusto Says:

    I did finally hit on almostitalian.com.
    It was vary nice to read that this excellent veggie is sold in shops now.The recipe given is great. As I mentioned before, use it instead of zucchini and you won’t go wrong.
    Joe Giusto

    • Joe, send me some pictures of your cucuzze and your pumpkins, and I will publish them on my blog.

    • Holly Chase Says:

      Dear Dr. Ed & Joe Giusto & all the dedicated readers of Growing Up Italian–

      Please stop by Almostitalian.com again to get all the info on how to buy seeds, fresh cucuzze, and tenerumi (the squash edible tendrils) from the commercial growers who shared their bounty with us.

      Cucuzze (BTW, that’s the proper Italian plural of cucuzza) have profound significance to many of Italian heritage– so much so that we felt we had to dedicate a SERIES of AlmostItalian.com posts to cucuzza (Lagenaria siceraria). The next installment will be up later today Sept 20.

      If you don’t live next to Joe Giusto and you need fresh cucuzze to satisfy your cravings, urge your local green-grocer or supermarket produce mgr. to contact Christopher Cordaro. Chris sells wholesale & retail and will UPS cucuzze to you anywhere in North America.

      We will repeat the Cordaro contacts–and supply additional recipes on our website this evening when The Cucuzza Chronicles, Part II goes live.

      Holly (at) almostitalian (dot) com

  6. Holly Chase Says:

    and here it is–



    there will be at least 2 more posts…

    Buon appetito!

    Holly (at) almostitalian (dot) com

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