Tromboncino! I love saying the word. I only just goggled it and found out that I've been spelling it wrong, not enough 'n's. Well its difficult when you come across a vege that you've never met before, you don't know how to pronounce or spell its name and you don't really know how it will grow, when to harvest or how to eat it! I suppose that adds to the excitement. And there's always the possibility that a new vege may grow really well in your conditions AND taste nice too.
|a tangle of tromboncinos|
They didn't do much through our dry spell, even though they were high priority for water. I got two tromboncinos off them before it started raining. Then they quadrupled in size and became COVERED in fruit. They are doing way better than the zucchini and squash I planted, so they are a winner so far. They have only just got a little powdery mildew (understandable in this weather) and hardly any trouble with blossom end-rot - both of which are my main problems with zucchini and squash.
|Here's the two tronboncinos amongst beans and pickling cucumber|
|tromboncino with flowers|
|here's some mini ones starting to form|
|here's what they look like on the inside|
I have been using it like zucchini, either raw in salads, or cooked with other veges or in stew. I'm going to dry the excess like I did with zucchini earlier in the year.
I will definitely be growing tromboncinos again next year and I hope I can save my own seeds as well. It will be interesting to see how they survive into winter.
Have you tried growing or eating tromboncino? Would you like to?