What are the pros? Great flavor and texture!
What are the cons? Prickly vine; wear gloves.
I've grown this squash for years as zucchetta rampicante or tromboncino, with all seeds producing essentially the same squash. I find its taste and texture superior to other summer squash: tender but firm, never watery, with a mild, bright flavor with a hint of asparagus. The seedless neck remains tender even when 8-9 inches around. The young fruit is fragile so I prefer to harvest at 16-18 inches or more. They will turn into winter squash if left on the vine and will keep for months if cured properly. They will climb trellises, fences, drain pipes, etc but prefer to ramble on the ground, rooting as they go. You can try to corral them but it's best to give them room, tho they're fine sharing space and will happily crawl over other squash and follow pole beans, cukes, and other vine crops up teepees or trellises. Some early pollination problems, but they always hit their stride. Good production.
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