info: Squash are a gourd vegetable in the same family aspumpkin and zucchini. Summer squash has a delicate flavor and a smooth texture. An excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium and potassium.
storage: Store unwashed and uncut in refrigerator drawer for 3-4 days.
preparation: Wash well in cold water. Cut off both ends. Chop to desired size/consistency.
You can boil, roast, steam, grill, saute and stir-fry summer squash. Slice it thin or grate it and eat raw on salads and sandwiches.
Squash may be the catalytic plant that graduated ancient peoples from hunter / gatherer to grower. Remnants of Curcurbita seed found in caves in Ecuador prove to be 12,000 years old. This predates the previously known dawn of agriculture by hundreds of years and the advent of cultivated corn by 2,000.
But why squash? They say the large fruits of wild squash were easy to find. They offered flesh, nutritious seed, edible flowers and even containers. The first ceramic pots were formed to resemble commonly used vessels made from a hard-shell squash known as gourd. …read more