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Zucchini - Cucurbita

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Zucchini

Zucchini, which is part of the cucurbitaceae family and for this reason its botanical name is Cucurbita, can give great satisfaction to anyone who wants to dedicate to the care of a vegetable garden. It is in fact extremely simple to breed and guarantees, especially the new hybrids, abundant production for an extended period. It is a vegetable that can be used in many preparations, from appetizers to first courses and side dishes: we can decide to enhance both the beautiful Cucurbita flower and the fruit, cooked or raw, using them in a thousand different ways. If we add that it can be easily preserved for the winter months we deduce that it is a practically essential horticultural.

GeneralitŠ°

Annual plant with flexible creeping or climbing herbaceous stem, delicate.

Flowers

Monosessuati.

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The sowing must be carried out in March, April and May, placing two three seeds per hole which will have dimensions 50x50x50 cm for the winter varieties and 30x30x30 cm for the varieties of consumption in the fresh state. The sixth plant will be m. 1,50 x 1,50 for the winter variety, while for the summer variety the distance of m. 1 x 1. The holes, filled with well-seasoned manure, will host the seeds which will be covered with fifteen to twenty centimeters of potting soil. It is also possible to sow in a seedbed, using pots with potting soil on which two or three seeds are placed. The transplant will take place when the plants have three or four leaves and there will be no more danger of frost.


General features

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melon, cucumber, pumpkins and watermelons. The cucurbit originated in Central America and arrived in Europe in the early 14th century. The varieties we know are, however, the result of the selection made directly in our country and go perfectly with our culinary tradition.

It is an annual plant that develops along one or more rigid stems with creeping habit (but which can be tutored). When ripe, it produces elongated or round fruits, generally green (from light to dark), or occasionally bright yellow, streaked or white. In addition, it supplies us with orange flowers: the female ones are on the top of the fruit, the male ones, larger, on single stems that depart from the main one.

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