Can be used as containers/vessels; fruits edible only when small; leaves and young shoots used as potherbs; seed yields an oil used in cooking; vegetable curd can be made from the seed; very prolific in subtropics. Immature fruits (before rinds harden) can be picked and prepared like summer squash. Tolerates heat and humidity better then most cucurbits. Soil pH: 4.5-7.5. Cucuzzi, ‘Longissima’: This variety is best when used as a vegetable, eating the young immature fruits.