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bottle squash

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:

My Cucuzza

Cucuzza bella

She's my pizza pie with lotsa mozzarella

With Cucuzza

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"

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Tavallai