Squash, summer – Tromboncino Albenga
Squash, summer – Tromboncino Albenga is a summer squash which is a very different type. It has with long, curved, bell-ended fruit up to 1 metre in length. But it is best harvested when about 30cm long. Tromboncino Albenga has a vigorous trailing or climbing habit.
Mid April – late May.
The fruit colour of the summer squash Tromboncino Albenga is pale green, fading to beige upon maturity. This squash is originally from Italy (Liguria) and it remains popular there and abroad. Because of it’s height it is perfect for growing where space is limited so you can train it vertically up a trellis, arch or other support.
Grown up a trellis the fruits will push through the gaps creating an interesting and ornamental display. This summer squash also tastes sweeter than most others.
Tromboncino Albenga can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be roasted, grilled, fried or added raw to salads and stir fries. The taste will be sweet, mild and nutty with a hint of artichoke flavour so it is a wonderful addition to any dish. The longer fruits are ideal for spiralising and will make wonderfully healthy “spaghetti.” As with courgettes, the flowers are also edible.
Squashes are one of the most vigorous vegetables. Some varieties can easily cover an area of 5 square metres, rambling over any neighbouring crop. Thus they are not well suited to a small garden. You can, however, experiment growing them in more unusual places – on top of an old compost heap, or up trellises.
Summer squashes are grown and harvested like courgettes. There are only a few varieties available but some of them are excellent.
Approx. seed count: 7
The name ‘Squash’ is an abbreviation of the native American word askutashash which means ‘eaten raw or uncooked’.
Soil and site:
Squashes need a very fertile, free-draining soil which can hold plenty of moisture and a generous application of well-decomposed compost is beneficial (about one bucket per square metre). But they also need a sheltered place in the garden as they really despise strong wind.
Keep the plants weed free, especially in the early stages as it will be very difficult later on to get to the weeds. If they are well weeded at the start the large leaves will prevent new weeds from germinating.
As with pumpkins, squashes may try to grow over neighbouring vegetables, so they need to be kept in check, either by shortening some shoots or by moving them back to their allocated space.