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Squash, Summer, Sweet Gourmet Zucchini Hybrid

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This squash has creamy, light green skin with a more tapered shape than most zucchini.

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A staple of the Middle East originally from Lebanon, this Burpee exclusive is an exceptionally delicious squash with creamy, light green skin and a tapered shape. Harvested at 6" long, it has a mild flavor with a hint of sweetness. Longer fruits, cut lengthwise and stuffed, are very tasty. Plants are compact, disease tolerant and often yield 50 to 70% more fruits than most zucchini. Perfect for saute, stir-fry, stuffing and baking. Summer squash and zucchini ripen early and are highly productive. The bush type plants take little space. After danger of frost, sow 3 to 4 seeds in groups 3 to 4' apart or sow 6" apart in rows, later thinning to 3' apart. 25 seeds per packet, sows 68 groups.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
  • Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
  • Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Squash plants have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
  • To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
  • Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.
Days To Maturity
50 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36-48 inches
Height
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
18 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Squash, Summer, Sweet Gourmet Zucchini Hybrid is rated 4.714285714285714 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste! The squash has an atypical zucchini taste. Light and sweet! Good producer as well.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good plant but not what I expected! The taste of this zucchini plant is superb. It taste as described - creamy, light and buttery. However, the description was a little misleading based on my results. My zucchini never got "long and tapered". They were more short and round. I thought at first I might have picked them to early but I left some on the vines and they never tapered out. Also, this plant takes up LOTS of space. I could not believe the size of this plant. This plant is much larger than the "normal" zucchini plants you can plant. So you will need a good bit of room to plant and I recommended planting it farther apart from other vegetables than recommended. I planted it about 3 feet from my pepper plant and it has provided a nice shade on my pepper plant. This plant would make a good shade for lettuce during the summer time.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The very best stuffed... I found this variety makes an average tasting zucchini bread. However, this strain makes the very best stuffed zucchini. My germination rate was a little below average. I also wish my plants were more prolific. Regardless, I thought it tasted great, and I will be growing it again this year (2013). I am deducting one star for its performance.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NOT THE SAME AS THE DESCRIPTION My packet of Sweet Gourmet Zucchini do not look anything like the picture or match the description given. Mine are not tapered at all but are the typical short, bulbous Middle Eastern Lebanese type zucchini. My plants have just started producing fruit so it's hard to say how the overall yield will be, but the plants are healthy and the squash are delicious. I am still somewhat disappointed since I don't seem to have gotten the seeds for the correct variety. At $5 a packet I expect to get exactly what is advertized.
Date published: 2012-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I grew this kind overseas and did very well . I was glad to find that Burpee carry the seeds. Excellent germination rate. I planted some indoors before the last frost, and the rest I directly sowed after the last frost. The ones I grow outdoors came out stronger than the one transplanted from indoors. grows fast, and soon the flowers and fruits will be visible. I underestimated the water needs, thats why I ended up with yellow dying fruits. Once I watered the plants more often, this has changed . The plant has at least 2 fruits at once , with many flowers. It's definitely high producer, and needs lots of water maybe every other day to keep up with the growth and fruits. I read in some blogs about the lack of pollination as the cause for why the small zucchinis don't progress further and I thought I have to worry about that. I think once the plants start flowering, this will attract bees which will do it for you. Tastes great for stuffing
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very prolific I planted this Zucchini 2 years ago. It was a very heavy producer for me. The taste was fantastic.. almost nutty! The leaves get to be as big as elephant ears so if you are new to growing Zukes, they need space. They did get a touch of powdery mildew but it really didn't effect the fruit.The only other thing that stood out was they have a very thin and fragile skin so handle with care. I missed these in my garden last year so I just ordered them for this coming summer!! Can't wait!
Date published: 2011-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite zucchini I'm an amateur gardener but these always grow great and taste wonderful. People seem fascinated by their light color but it's their wonderful nutty taste I love. Just 3-4 plants will yield plenty to share. If you pick them small, split them lengthwise, brush with a little olive oil and garlic salt--they're delicious grilled. When they're bigger, slice them up and saute them or add a little cheese. I come back year after year for these seeds--nothing compares!
Date published: 2009-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly delicious The first thing you should know is that my husband does not like zucchini. However, he was asking me this morning if I was going to plant more of these this year. Nutty and sweet, on sturdy plants. Very prolific. The only criticism I can think of is that the fruits scratch easily, and it's not very attractive. I'm going to have to come up with a good way to harvest and transport them without scratches if I'm going to add this variety to my farmer's market offerings. The few we offered via word-of-mouth and to friends last year were snatched up once people had a taste.
Date published: 2009-03-14
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