Bossa Squash Among 2015 All-America Selections Winners

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Nutritious, tasty and of course prolific are three words that describe zucchini. Add a pretty twist to your garden with Bossa squash and other 2015 All-America Selections vegetable winners.

Bossa summer squash produces cylindrical fruit with dark and light green mottling. This makes it easier to find when harvesting as the lighter fruit stands out from the large green leaves. The compact plants produce fruit earlier and longer throughout the season.

If you’re looking for a new winter squash, try Butterscotch. The compact plants are perfect for containers, small space gardens or those looking to pack more plants in larger spaces. Plus, they’re more mildew resistant than most. Make preparation easy -- just pierce the skin, place the whole squash in the microwave for 12 minutes, then cut open, and remove the seeds.

A bit more information: Another vine crop winner is the Parisian Gherkin cucumber. The fruit can be harvested at a small size for use as mini or gherkin pickles. It has good disease-resistance and is a fast grower and early producer. This cucumber was selected as a regional winner in the NE and MTN/SW regions.

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