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Grow Gourmet: Tondo Scuro Di Piacenza Squash


Part of the fun of growing your own food is picking different varieties to grow. Summer squash is a beautiful example. There is so much more out there than the basic green zucchini! Check out these little gems:

8 ball type summer squash

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Aren’t they adorable?  The look like the new 8 Ball hybrid but these babies are an heirloom type, meaning you can save the seed. They should be picked like the ones in the front, lighter green with speckles. The ones in the back are older and when I sliced them up some of the seeds had started to harden.  I’m not sure what happened with the softball hiding in the back… actually I do, I more or less gave up on getting any squash this year and by the time I checked this one was a bit too big.

Taste wise, they are a zucchini. BUT they definitely win some points for the cute factor am I right?  Not only would they appeal to the kiddos but think of all the gourmet food styling you could do with these things.

I’ve got to give these guys some extra credit. I planted them about a month to late, in a drought, and basically neglected them. I haven’t gotten an over abundance but I have enough to make the space used worthwhile.

Grow or No Grow?


*I purchased my seed from Baker Creek, they have not endorsed this blog or post


  1. We got these at the farmer’s market once and wanted to grow them ever since. We tried this year- but between the wind on the garden and dry conditions we didn’t get any. I’ll try again next year- they just look so cute!

  2. What a cute veggie!!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this on Natural Living Mondays!

    I have had these squash and they are delicious. Good to know what they are called. They are going in the garden next year!