Lagenaria siceraria: this long (up to 3ft), skinny squash is technically a gourd (and it can be dried to use as a drinking bottle). Cooks use it like zucchini or summer squash. In the south of Italy, some people call any kind of squash a cucuzza.
It's perhaps the only squash to get its own song, as recorded by Louis Prima in the '50s:
She's my pizza pie with lotsa mozzarella
I wanta be
'cause Cucuzza is so crazy over me
Cucuzza grows in Italy
They love it on the farm
It's something like zucchini
Flavoured with Italian charm
I call my girl Cucuzza
'cause she's sweet as she can be
She loves to hear me say
"Cucuzza please babotcha me"
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