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A must in Mexican cuisine, and also popular in certain parts of Texas. This old heirloom is picked small and used like zucchini, but these are so much better than standard supermarket zucchini! Round to slightly elongated, flavorful fruit are green in color; vigorous vining plants are fairly resistant to disease.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Early, prolific vines
What are the cons? Harvest quite young!
We selected this squash for it's vining habit as we wanted trellis growing summer squash. The vines were prolific and climbed well. The flavor is good--but sure to pick young or scoop out the seed cavity or it can be watery. No issues with bugs and out grew mildew into late summer.
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26 Oct 2013
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? out survived other squashes
What are the cons? none
These lasted longer into the summer than than any summer squash I've tried to grow in SC, i.e. more resistant to our usual squash problems. And this past summer was one of our wettest, cloudiest, and coolest. The mature squashes also can be steamed and the tender flesh easily scraped out. The flavor remains mild and delicious. Next year I'll try them on trellises, as has been suggested. This one is definitely a keeper.
12 Oct 2013
What are the pros? easy to grow
What are the cons? don't harvest as winter squash
The first time I grew this I planted it late in August and did not think I would get any harvest. But the squash produced lots of small tender skinned fruit and was absolutely delicious. The following year when I planted Tatume in the early spring, I just thought it was an ok squash to eat nothing special maybe because I harvested them when the skin was tougher like it's going into the winter squash stage. It's very productive and I like the fact that it's round. It's best to trellis the squash at a 45 degree angle for easy picking.
29 Aug 2013
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Versatile, borer resistant
What are the cons? It's big!
I've tried growing so many different kinds of squash in Texas...pattypans, eight balls, yellow crookneck...with very few exceptions, the squash vine borers killed my plants before I ever saw squash. I'd given up when I read about tatumes. This is the first time in many years I've actually harvested squash. This vine is so vigorous I think it just outgrows the borers. I've harvested it young (great!). For fun, I also harvested some as a "winter" squash. My family really enjoyed it that way and agreed it reminded us of acorn squash. I will probably let the rest of the squash mature as winter squash. If you're confused about when to harvest it as a winter squash (I was), I left mine on the vine until they turned orange and were about the size of a cantaloupe. I grow in a very small footprint, so I grow it under my taller plants and just loop the vines up and over things as it spreads.
31 Jul 2013
What are the pros? so easy to grow
Was a good squash but not as tasty as expected when steamed and next to Costata Romanesco summer squash it was a bit overshadowed. That being said, we did enjoy it very much when fried. It's early, prolific, and I will definitely grow it again, next time on a trellis cuz this little cutie grows looooong vines :)
23 Jul 2013
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