So this season, I broke down and popped a few zucchini seeds in the soil. But these were no ordinary seeds. They were Costata Romanesca zucchini seeds that I had ordered from Fedco Seeds in Maine. Rather than attempting to describe these beauties, I’ll allow the Fedco catalog to speak on their behalf:
“According to Will Bonsall, ‘the only summer squash worth bothering with, unless you’re just thirsty.’ Deeply striped and ribbed, Costata resembles Cocozelle, with a distinctive sweet mildly nutty flavor. Also a productive source for tasty male squash blossoms. Tender skin damages easily, a liability for commercial transport. If you want to win the blue ribbon for largest summer squash at your fair, grow Costata. It reaches 20 lb. in a good year.”
20 lbs. in a good year, huh? Well, no Costata in my garden stood a chance of coming anywhere near that size, for these things are so darn tasty, I picked them daily, and sometimes even more than once in a day. My preferred cooking method is to grill these babies after they’ve sat (only briefly) in a light marinade of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper. (oh yeah…cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips first). As for my husband…well, Costata has helped him to change his tune. Now he tries to get his fill of zucchini at each meal, but our daughter Ava usually beats him to it.
In case you happen to grow some of these next year, and for some crazy reason you find you can’t eat them all, don’t worry: My car doors will remain unlocked.