Woman in shock over giant zucchini



Why should I make up my own titles, when I can just tell it like it was reported in the New York Daily News (Queens edition)?

Green-fingered Apollonia Castitlione grew the giant Long Italian zucchini during the warm summer months using nothing more than fertilizer, water and a little TLC.

I did not know there was a “Long Italian” zucchini cultivar. I take Apollonia’s word for it.

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Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

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  1. We don’t have any ‘Long Italian’ in our Vegetable Varieties database here at Cornell. http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu

    There are a few zucchini in the database with ‘largo’ in their name, but the only ‘lungo’ (long) has nearly white fruit.

    I’m guessing it might be ‘Serpente di Sicilia’, though I’ve never grown it. I suppose it would grow straight trellised that way.

    With the varieties I’ve grown, neglected fruit tend to go to largo rather than lungo.

  2. In my dad’s garden there was a zucchini that got 4 feet long. This reminds me of Wallace and Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit! I think she wins the golden carrot.

  3. Looks like a luffa sponge gourd that I grew one year.
    Talk about weird looking !
    I had no idea that a zucchini could grow so long and narrow.
    Don’t think I have the space in my small garden to grow such a pencil neck geek monster .

  4. It looks like a gourd to me. It would have to be a vining zucchini and I’ve only seen one variety so far, I’m sure there are more, but this def. looks like a gourd. Too bad they don’t show the leaves or any other part of the plant.

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