This massive winter squash is a favorite traditional variety grown in many of the flat plain areas of Northern Italy. Originally developed in the area around Mantova. The Berretina Piacentina di Mantova Squash is an exceedingly rich fleshed squash used in all types of recipes in Northern Italy. It is closely related to Hubbard types of the species of Cucurbita maxima. Otherwise simply known by many as the Maxima group of winter squash. Fruits are heavy, flat and long lasting, the Northern Italians storing and using them throughout the cold fall and winter months.