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laurel
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PostSubject: greetings, Chris!   Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:18 pm

I'm so happy to see this web forum for asking questions. Thanks for doing this. I'll try to post your web address in my next enewsletter.
I got a question from Sirkala (?? can't remember the name) asking about cucuzzi squash aka opo squash and where she can obtain seeds. Isn't this always the problem.. where to get seeds or starts? Do you have any idea? I'd love to start a HUG seed club!!
Hmm, I can't seem to get the emoticons to insert into my text. geek
Gratefully,
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PostSubject: Re: Cucuzza and opo squash (bottle gourd)   Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:43 pm

Laurel,

Thanks for the question gives me a chance to learn something new also! If anyone sees any errors here, please correct me.

Cucuzza or Opo 'squash' is really a type of edible bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria). Some references suggest it, or bottle gourds in general, might have originated in Africa, but it seems to remain unclear. The Cucuzza is a variety developed and widely grown in Italy. I found a site that sells seeds, a farm dedicated to growing Cucuzza in Ruston, LA. I have never ordered from them.

cucuzza farm

There are a lot of varieties of edible bottle gourd grown in many different parts of the world. I grow a variety called Lau, that a friend from Bangladesh gave me. Like cucuzza, it also produces a pale green gourd with white flesh that can be eaten as a vegetable. In addition, the leaves and growing tips of the stems make incredibly delicious greens! It also loves the summer heat! Here are some posts about it:

lau, bottle gourd

Lau and shrimp curry

I save Lau seeds from a mature gourd for the next season.


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PostSubject: Re: Cucuzza and opo squash (bottle gourd)   Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:50 am

Wow.. thats a ton of information on opo squash.. Appreciate it!! I will get the seeds and plant them in my garden. This is my first time vegetable gardening.. wish me luck Very Happy Will keep you posted on my progess.. Thanks again folks!! Have a great summer flower
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