These summer squashes are mostly bush types; the Costata Romanesca and the Tromboncino are vining types. They should do well anywhere that has adequate soil. Plant in warm soil, 70 degrees or more, or start indoors 1 month before last frost and plant out once weather has warmed. Likes well-composted soil and reliable water. Likes some watering. Harvest frequently to avoid monstrous fruits.
Young fruits are steamed, boiled, fried, stuffed, and used in brads. Mature fruits can be baked, mashed, and pureed. Use them in pies, soups, stews, cakes, breads, custards, fruit butters, and pancakes. Seeds are eaten raw, parched, roasted, and ground into meal, butter, or nut milks. Leaves, tendrils, and young shoots are eaten as potherbs. Flowers and buds are boiled, stuffed, and dried. Sprouted seeds are used in salads.