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Piena Di Napoli Winter Squash (125 Days)

This old and interesting Italian vegetable is the shape of a butternut squash but much larger, up to 25 pounds. It has some of the same characteristics of the American - Neck pumpkin, primarily that it is big and very sweet. The grey/greenish smooth skin encloses a very hard yellow-orange flesh. In Italy Piena di Napoli is stuffed, sliced, fried, roasted and sautéed. It is used in slightly sweet pasta, gnocchi, and the delectable zucca da marmaletta - pumpkin jam. 

15 seeds


Cucurbita moschata

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 36-48" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48". 

How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 3-5 hills

Harvest: Before heavy frost. Determine ripeness when the skin has turned color and becomes dull dry. You will be unable to create a dent when pressing your thumbnail into it. Leave two inches of the stem on the squash and manage carefully so there is no damage which can shorten storage life. Cure for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Wipe any debris off skin before storing in a cool dark place with 50-55ºF temperatures and 50-65% humidity.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.


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    Brad i.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Only a couple of the seeds sprouted in my warm garden this late spring, but those two plants have produced the tastiest squash we ever cooked. Very sweet, some fiber somewhat similar to spaghetti squash (but less fiber), and every body is raving about the size (over 30 pounds for the big one), and for the pleasing flavor. I rate this highly for flavor and size, but you should plant extra for adequate germination.

    Darlene R.

    You have got to grow these. They are huge. Ours were 30 to 50 lbs and we picked them early so they would have gotten even bigger. Sweet and good. They are heavy and very big. You will have enough squash for all winter. Every seed produced a huge squash.!!!!!!

    Large Squash

    Very slow growing, it took forever for it to get going but once it did, it took over the garden. Very large fruits, >25#. Looks more like a watermelon than a pumpkin. Great yield.