Black Beauty Zucchini Squash
A 1957 All America Selections winner developed by John Scarchuk at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Compact everbearing bush plants are loaded with glossy green-black fruits with firm white flesh. Best eaten when under 8" long. Excellent variety for freezing.
- Best-selling summer squash
- Summer squash
- Glossy, green-black skin
- Best when eaten under 8 inches
- Excellent variety for freezing
This variety works for:
To prepare your squash, rinse the exterior and then cut in half and remove the seeds before baking, roasting, etc.
Winter squash can be pureed and sweetened as an addition to breads, muffins, cakes and pies. Diced and roasted squash can be tossed in warm salads of grains and nuts or with sautéed kale.
Summer squash are best eaten when they are small and the seeds are immature. Sliced thinly, summer squash are used in gratins and savory pies or sautéed or breaded and fried.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed. Hills should be spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Heavy producer with a mild flavor
Highly productive with a mild taste. Holds up well during cooking. I've baked, fried, and grilled these with no problems. It does take up a good amount of space in the garden like most summer squash.
Seeds don't germinate
by NG Ellis
Only one seed germinated from a packet.
I am on my third year with this zucchini. It produces great-tasting squash. It keeps producing for a long time, too. The trick is to keep on top of harvesting or you will end up with giants in your garden!
I'm in zone 7b/8a. If you plant them correctly you will see the results you want. I planted in late April and with regular watering and fertilizing I started picking June 10th and will be covered up in excess within a few days.
Good starting out
by Jason (North Florida)
Near 100% germination with wet paper towel in a plastic bag. Fast growing. Very hardy in direct 90+ degree Florida sun. Plants grew large and quickly. Only a few Zucchini produced before 2 weeks of excessive rain caused the plants to fall over due to their size. With space at a premium (raised beds) didn't work out for me. At least in my neck of the woods they attracted a lot of gnats.
Huge Tasty Zucchini
We grew many zucchini this year, and grew one three foot zucchini. This did very well in our New England garden, and they tasted great grilled and as zoodles!
I planted the whole pack, and the germination rate was great. I ended up giving many starters away, but the ones that I did plant produced over 100 zucchini. I was swimming in them, but that's what they do!
Ridiculously prolific producer
Grew this as a companion in between hills of corn and pole beans here in central Massachusetts. What a producer ! We had a hurricane and severe wind damage in August but these babies came right back in a week or so and kept going until late September. Great flavor , we ate them raw , froze, baked with , and made relish. Everything was wonderful. Ridiculously prolific producer.
You won't be disappointed!
Thank you! I have an abundance of zucchini growing up so fast! Just harvested 6 big 12 inch zucchini and they are absolutely delicious!
I'm in southwest wi. Description given proved to be true. Gorgeous, tasty, high yielding zuchinni.
Seeds don’t germinate
Planted a whole packet and none of them germinated.
Seed Savers Response: Hi Wendy, I'm sorry to hear that this seed did not meet your expectation for germination. We do test germination every year to make sure only the best seed leaves our location. Please reach out to our customer service team to be sent a replacement for this seed.
Couldn’t get germination
Unfortunately I got a bad batch. Started them indoors in trays, then tried the old wet paper towel in plastic bag trick, and finally direct sowed a few out in the garden. Couldn’t get any to germinate except one direct sow. It’s small but doing ok. All of my other Seedsaver seeds did great!
Seed Savers Response: Hi Jamey, I'm sorry to hear that this seed did not meet your expectation for germination. We test germination every year to make sure only the best seed leaves our location. Please reach out to our customer service team to be sent a replacement for this seed.
The Road to Zucchini Is Paved With Complications
100% germination and easy to grow the plants themselves. Due to only having ONE BEE floating around, I had to self-pollinate the flowers with a paint brush, but I was so freaking excited as a new gardener to see flowers galore. And when the little zucchinis began to grow, I was over the moon. I was able to yield 3-4 zucchini at one point!
But then the problems started.
Scorched by the sun. Drowned by the rain. Mold and mildew. Ants. Wet Rot. Plant falling over/breaking despite supports. Bleached leaves. Every issue that could befall these poor things, it happened. I did my best to follow recs from fellow gardeners, but the issues continued to worsen. At some point, I had all male flowers and just as they were near death, a lone female would emerge. Or all the pollen dried up. Some of these issues were due to me not knowing what I was doing.
But I think it's also worth noting that this Zucchini is very susceptible to pretty much every disease and problem a squash can have.