There are lots of vegetables around that most people have never heard of, let alone see. “Cucuzza” is one of those.
A rarely known vegetable, this one goes by several names; “Cucuzza”, “Kudu” and “New Guinea Bean” are some.
This is an annual gourd which grows in the same manner as a climbing cucumber or pumpkin. It grows to around 2m (6 foot) when mature, but it is best picked when it is around 60cm in length. It tastes similar to a zucchini and can be used in a similar manner. As this is a Summer vegetable only and we love to make this with pasta.
If you can get your hands on one, here is what you can do.
During Summer, we sell ours, so check out our store for details. Here is the product page … Cucuzza, Kudu or New Guinea Bean
Cucuzza with Pasta Recipe
Ingredients: One onion, 1 garlic clove, 500mL tomato sauce, one cucuzza, 500g of your favourite pasta and salt/pepper to taste.
1) Chop and fry your onion in a large pot until soft. While this is cooking, peel then cube the cucuzza.
2) Add the cucuzza to the fried onions and cook for 10 mins. Stirring occasionally so the cucuzza does not stick to the pot.
3) Crush your garlic clove and add it to the onion and cucuzza. Fry for one minute
4) Pour in the tomato sauce and add some salt and pepper to taste. Add as much water as directed for your chosen pasta
5) Bring to the boil. Add your pasta and boil as directed on your packed
6) Turn off and serve with grated hard cheese (our favourite is Pecorino)