Zucchini 'Black Beauty'

Cucurbita pepo
Organic

First introduced in the 1920's, 'Black Beauty' is a reliable heirloom with a higher yield than the standard hybrid 'Black Jack'. An early season courgette with crisp white flesh and rick emerald green skin, the more you pick, the more it will produce.

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Zucchini 'Black Beauty'

Winning the All-American Selections (AAS) prize in 1957, pick the flowers for stuffing or leave the fruit to grow to 15-20cm long before harvest. Enjoy the flowers stuffed and battered, or the fruit baked, grated, steamed, sautéed and sliced. Harvest in 7 weeks from transplanting.

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Easy to grow and incredibly productive, plant as you would pumpkins, in a soil enriched with compost and decomposed manure. If training to a trellis, allow vines to grow 1m before training upward. This helps to maximise space and allow for easy harvest. Insect pollinated, plants produce both male and female flowers, with bees the major pollinators in Australia. Avoid placing under insect netting which may cause reduced pollination. Seed germinates readily from 18°C–35°C in as little as 7-10 days. Sow in punnets and transplant after all likelihood of frost has passed. Water regularly, but avoid overhead watering which can encourage mould and mildew.

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