Tromboncino, or Little Trumpet, is a fun yet tasty veg that is very popular in its native Italy and yet little known elsewhere. James Wong believes that this needs to change and we here at Suttons completely agree.
Tromboncino is a climbing squash, also aptly called Crookneck Squash. Perfect for growing where space is limited, Tromboncino can be trained vertically up a trellis, arch or other support. Grown up a trellis the fruits will push through the gaps creating an interesting ornamental display.
In his book “Grow for Flavour” James Wong tells us: “This wacky Italian cultivar from Liguria is actually a variety of butternut squash, picked while still tender and green. As well as looking incredibly ornamental in the garden, its big benefit in the kitchen is that it tastes sweeter than most regular courgettes.”
The fruits can be eaten when small, as a courgette, or can be allowed to grow long and then eaten as a squash. When left to grow long they are really ornamental and just perfect for entering in the “Unusual Vegetable” class at the village show.
Tromboncino can be cooked in a variety of ways, it can be roasted, grilled, fried or added raw to salads and stir fries. The taste will be sweet, mild and nutty with a hint of artichoke flavour. The longer fruits are ideal for spiralising and will make wonderfully healthy “spaghetti.” As with courgettes, the flowers are also edible and just perfect for stuffing and frying.
You can grow Tromboncino from seed or from Suttons super plug plants.If you choose to grow from seed these need to be sown between March and May so that the plants are ready for planting out in June. Full instructions are given on the back of the seed packet. Plant in a sunny spot and you’ll be harvesting the fruits from July until September.
For an easier life order Suttons Tromboncino super plugs which will delivered in May, the right time for growing on and then planting out. Choose a sunny spot and you’ll be picking the fruits from July until September.
Fun for kids, ornamental and delicious – what more could you ask of a squash!