Not one to tolerate the angst of growing standard zucchinis in SEQld -- I defer to other varieties.
This time of year the Tromboncino option isn't hugely productive, but with foresight I've planted many more Tatume (aka Calabacita) than I need.
Tatume is a Mexican staple. Grows without problem in this humid weather, fruits profusely and tastes fabulous.
No major diseases.
There is a longer variety but the round is so nicely contained.
As vines, they do take off, but i find therm better behaved than other climbing squashes as I can grow them along rope lines if I want. Picked young, about the size of a cricket ball, they won't weigh your trellising down as their growth habit is much like choko.
They do taste a lot better than chokos. As the local pumpkin hub points out:
"Inside, the thick yellow flesh is firm, moist and not stringy with a nice mild taste and medium sweet finish. Flesh is plentiful." -- Pumpkin Paradise, Bundaberg
If you are of the zucchini persuasion -- I'd definitely choose Tatume as the accompanying crop to Tomboncino.
Very versatile in the kitchen too as these recipes suggest.
Sorry Barb and Chris. I got three lots of seeds. The Tatume from Pumpkin Paradise and a Golden Nugget pumpkin and Burgundy Snake Beans from Happy Valley Seeds. They all turned up so quickly on the same day. Wahoo! Total cost was less than $12.
Great! Happy planting.