Also known as 'Fiaschetto di Manduria', this determinate Italian heirloom is extremely popular in Italy. Early for a paste type, it is very productive and has excellent flavor.
|Germination||Sow seeds indoors 1/4 in. deep 4-12 weeks before last frost. Germinates best with soil temp between 70-85F. Average time for germination is 1-2 weeks.|
|Life Cycle||perennial often grown as an annual|
|Antagonists||all 'Brassica' members, corn, potatoes|
|Companions||basil, borage, carrots, chives, lettuce, onions|
|Harvest||Harvest when flesh around the shoulders gives slightly to the touch. Color also indicates maturity.|
|Uses||edible*(fruit, oil), medicinal*, utility (insecticide, oil, repellent)|
|Notes||all parts (except for the fruit) can be toxic|
|Breed Status||Heirloom/Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Allow fruits to fully mature before scooping out the seeds into a container. Let seeds and pulp ferment at room temperature for 2-5 days. To separate seeds from pulp, add water and allow seeds to sink to the bottom. Pour off the floating pulp and inviable seeds. Repeat until clean. Disinfect (optional) before drying at room temperature for 15-30 days, depending on humidity. Despite being primarily self-pollinated, methods to prevent cross pollination or adequate isolation distances should be used if producing true seed.|
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