The last time I wrote about cucuzzi, the edible gourd, I still hadn’t gotten any female flowers or fruits.
I do now. I went away for a few days. When I left, the biggest fruit was a few inches long, and no thicker than my finger.
When I got back, it looked like this:
The female flowers are a little different than the male ones; the petals are narrower, creating a kind of pinwheel effect. It’s a nice variation.
My cucuzzi didn’t really get going for a while. I did get a late start on my garden, what with one thing and another, and it could be that they don’t have quite as much sun as they would like (though I gave them one of the sunniest places I’ve got), or that I didn’t give them enough flower fertilizer to get them flowering sooner.
Or it could just be that they were in a mood. Plants are like that.
In any case, I’m going to be eating them soon, because cucuzzis are supposed to be harvested when they’re about six inches long. Since they are gourds, you don’t want them to get mature. (Well, even if they were summer squash, you’d want to avoid that.)
As much as I want to see what they taste like–if they really live up to the great things people say about the flavor– I’m saving this first cucuzzi for seed. I’m not an expert at seed-saving, but one of the things I remember is that, if you want a plant to bloom earlier, it’s best to select seed from the first fruits that appear. And so far the main pleasures of cucuzzi have been in their exuberant viny growth, springy tendrils, and faintly scented evening flowers.
It’s okay. It looks as if I’m going to have more edible gourds in just a few days. Unless it freezes tonight.