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Ronde de Nice Squash

June 25th, 2009

This year I’m growing Ronde de Nice squash instead of regular zucchini. Why did a choose these little round zucchinis instead of the regular ones?
Ronde de Nice Squash
Could you pass up this description? These tasty little round zucchinis have been a favorite for generations in French farmer’s markets. Because their tender skin & flesh bruise easily they are poor candidates for our supermarkets, but are easily grown by the home gardener. Harvest these pretty squash as babies, when several inches in diameter; or grow them to 3-4 inches. Serve the smaller ones steamed or sauteed with other veggies or stuff the larger ones and to bake and serve for great summer meals.
Ronde de Nice Squash Blooming
They’re very quick growing plants, I started mine in late May and the one I potted up early is fairly large and has tons of blossoms on it. I’ll be eating some of these blossoms as well as leaving some for pollination.

We’re big fans of steamed or sauteed zucchini in the summer so we’re excited for our plants to start producing. I have 4 plants in all, I’m hoping I have enough. Last summer I had 2 zucchini plants and we didn’t have enough (I know I’m the only person that didn’t have enough zucchini).

What kind of summer squash do you grow? How do you enjoy eating them?

10 Comments to “Ronde de Nice Squash”
  1. Mangochild on June 25, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I’m not growing any squash this year, but I did get some round squash at the farmers’ market a couple weeks ago. Not sure if they were the Ronde de Nice kind, but they certainly were delicious! I ate a couple raw just to get the flavor, and then lightly sauteed some as a side dish.
    In terms of the traditional/common yellow-squash or zucchini, I somehow can’t stand the yellow squash found in the markets. Zucchini seems much more substantial, less watery, and just overall more flavorful. But either way, I love the more “unusual” varieties even more.
    .-= Mangochild´s last blog ..Preserving Peas =-.

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  2. Dave on June 25, 2009 at 8:28 am

    We go for the yellow summer squash, although I did plant zucchini this year too. Unfortunately the squash and zucchini plants seems be be suffering quite a bit. I’ve been sequentially planting them in fear of squash vine borers!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Anticipating the Vegetables =-.

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  3. s on June 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I couldn’t resist these:

    Summer squash: Climbing “Trombetta”

    Italian Heirloom – Climbing summer squash whose succulent, lime-green trumpet-shaped fruits have a delicate, artichoke-like flavor. These pretty squash grow on heat-loving, luxuriant vines.

    Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? I figured it would be good for smaller gardens since you can trellis them. We will see–I started them a bit late to take over where my peas are… so they are only a few inches tall at the moment.

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  4. lindsey on June 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful pictures.

    This was my first year with a “real” garden and the soil isn’t great. I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on heirloom varieties just to have them not do well. I planted 8 zucchini plants – we always have too much and I give boatloads away to friends. I can almost taste the roasted zucchini and the zucchini bread now!

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  5. Kelly Butler on June 25, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Sure does sounds yummy!!
    .-= Kelly Butler´s last blog .. =-.

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  6. islandgardener on June 25, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I bought some of these before at a farm stand. I cut them in half, scooped out the seeds, then stuffed them with a meat, cheese, and tomato mixture. So cute, and so good!

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    • Susy on June 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm

      I’ll have to try them that way – MMMM.

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  7. Randy on June 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Bought some of those round zucchini squash at the local farmers market last year they were yummy, one was bad inside though. The farmer replaced it for me the next week. We are growing straight zucchini and pattypans this year. Harvested our first 5 pattypans a few days ago.
    .-= Randy´s last blog ..Butterfly Explosion on June 18th in Yosemite! =-.

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    • Susy on June 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm

      I thought about growing pattypan squash, but I didn’t have room for it. Perhaps next year I will.

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  8. Barbara on June 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Well I notice the comments about Ronde de Nice are “old” and I clicked on this “hit” while surfing for information about this particular squash. We are really enjoying eating this and I am looking for recipes. Nothing has really hit me yet – I had wanted to stuff it – but everything looks so “heavy,” so I think I will make up a recipe. B.

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