‘Blanche Du Liban (White from Lebanon)’

Zucchini / Courgette / Κολοκυθάκια


Common Name: Zucchini / Courgette / Κολοκυθάκια

Scientific Name: Cucurbita pepo


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: semi-shade and full sun

Soil type: Requires a rich, well-drained moisture retentive soil. pH 5.5 – 5.9

Sowing in nursery: April

Direct Planting: May

Germination: 7 to 14 days after sowing (15 – 28 ºC)

Harvest:    120 to 240 days after sowing

Spacing: 100cm/100cm/2cm deep  


Flowers are Monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)

Pollination: by insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Fruit; Leaves; Root; Seed.

Medicine: Anthelmintic;  Miscellany;  Poultice.

The pumpkin is a gentle and safe remedy for a number of complaints, especially as an effective tapeworm remover for children and pregnant women for whom stronger acting and toxic remedies are unsuitable. The seeds are mildly diuretic and vermifuge. The complete seed, together with the husk, is used to remove tapeworms. The seed is ground into fine flour, then made into an emulsion with water and eaten. It is then necessary to take a purgative afterwards in order to expel the tapeworms or other parasites from the body. The seed is used to treat hypertrophy of the prostate. The seed is high in zinc and has been used successfully in the early stages of prostate problems. The diuretic action has been used in the treatment of nephritis and other problems of the urinary system. The leaves are applied externally to burns. The fruit pulp is used as a decoction to relieve intestinal inflammation.

Known Hazards: The sprouting seed produces a toxic substance in its embryo.