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Interest Facts about Squash

  • Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew squash in their gardens.
  • The Hubbard squash was formally introduced to American gardens by James J. H. Gregory (1857) from Marblehead, Massachusetts. He became an authority on squashes, publishing in 1893, Squashes: how to grow them.
  • Squashes are a good source of minerals, carotenes and vitamin A, with moderate quantities of vitamins B and C. Summer squash is high in water content, thus low in calories.

Source: USDA



History of Squash

Squashes are one of the oldest known crops--10,000 years by some estimates of sites in Mexico. Since squashes are gourds, they most likely served as containers or utensils because of their hard shells. The seeds and flesh later became an important part of the pre-Columbian Indian diet in both South and North America. De Soto, Coronado, and Cartier all saw “melons” (probably squash) in the Americas.

Northeastern Native American tribes grew pumpkins, yellow crooknecks, patty pans, Boston marrows (perhaps the oldest squash in America still sold), and turbans. Southern tribes raised winter crooknecks, cushaws, and green and white striped sweet potato squashes. Native Americans roasted or boiled the squashes and pumpkins and preserved the flesh as conserves in syrup. They also ate the young shoots, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Virginia and New England settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash until they had to survive the harsh winter, at which point they adopted squash and pumpkins as staples. Squashes were baked, cut and moistened with animal fat, maple syrup, and honey.
Source: USDA


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My favorite zucchini recipes

Zucchini Cobbler

Crust:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups cold margarine or butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filling:
8 cups peeled, shredded zucchini
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For filling:
In a large saucepan, over medium low heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; simmer 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.

For crust:
Combine flour and sugar in a bowl/ cut in margarine until mix resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup zucchini mixture. Press half of crust mixture into a greased 15 x 10 by 1 inch pan. Spread zucchini over top; crumble remaining crust mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 375F for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.


Zucchini Lasagna

2 med. zucchini
2 c. fresh sliced mushrooms
1 pkg. sliced Mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 to 2 lbs. hamburger
1 onion, chopped
2 cans tomato sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

Wash zucchini and slice 1/4 inch thick. Dip in egg and roll in flour. Brown in skillet with oil until all zucchini is browned. Brown hamburger in separate skillet. In a 2 quart casserole dish layer zucchini, then onions and mushrooms, salt and pepper, then tomato sauce. Top with rest of zucchini and add Mozzarella to the top. Cook on low until cheese melts. About 250 degrees for 20 minutes or so. Eggplant may be substituted for zucchini.


Cheese Zucchini Crisps

1/3 cup Cornflake crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
dash garlic powder
4 small unpeeled zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch strips
1/4 cup melted butter

Combine crumbs, cheese and seasonings; place in a plastic bag. Dip zucchini strips in butter and shake in the crumbs to coat. Place on a baking sheet; bake 375F for 10 minutes or til crisp. 4 servings.


Zucchini Boats

2 zucchini, about 6 to 7 inches long
1/4 lb. bulk sausage or lean ground beef
1 slice whole grain bread, crumbled
1 tsp. instant onion
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. red hot pepper sauce
1 egg
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3 tbsp. parmesan cheese, divided

Wash and trim ends of zucchini. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop inside out leaving a boat. Cook meat, drain, add zucchini from inside of zucchini and all other ingredients. Toss and fill boat. Sprinkle top with rest of cheeses. Bake 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes or until zucchini boat is tender. Easy to increase recipe from 4 to 40 boats. You can't make a bad one. Serves 2 to 4.


More Tried and Tested TNT Zucchini Recipes

Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash Soup
Apple Zucchini Slaw
Baked Stuffed Zucchini
Batter Fried Zucchini
Beef Stuffed Squash
Beef Stuffed Squash #2
Broiled Baby Zucchini with Bacon and Cheese
Cheese Zucchini Crisps
Chicken Zucchini
Chicken and Zucchini Bake
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake
Coconut Squash Pie
Cold Vegetables with Mustard Vinaigrette
Corn and Zucchini Casserole
Country Pork Chops
Creamy Broccoli and Zucchini
Crock Pot Mediterranean Stew
Dilled Zucchini
Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Crunchy Zucchini Sticks
Grilled Lemon Shrimp and Zucchini
Grilled Zucchini
Eggplant and Zucchini Stew
Fish Stew with Zucchini
Foil Packet Zucchini Grill
Herbed Squash and Turkey Casserole
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Lima Bean and Squash Stew
Mixed Vegetable Skillet
Mocha Zucchini Bread
New Mexico Corn and Zucchini Salad
New Mexico Zucchini and Spaghetti
Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies
Orange Zucchini Cake
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Parmesan Zucchini
Pasta Soup
Pasta Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Pasta Zucchini Salad
Pineapple Zucchini Cake
Scalloped Zucchini
Southwestern Zucchini Flatbread
Spaghetti Squash Supreme
Spiced Winter Squash
Squash And Bean Soup
Stir Fried Yellow Squash and Cabbage
Stir Fried Vegetables
Stir Fry Zucchini
Stuffed Zucchini
Stuffed Zucchini
Summertime Squash
Sweet Zucchini Pickles
Syrian Baked Zucchini with Cheese
Three Cheese Zucchini Parmigiana
Tomato Zucchini Gratin
Tuna and Zucchini Casserole
Turkey Meatball and Zucchini Casserole
Yellow Squash and Ham Dish
Yellow Squash and Pork Chops
Yellow Squash and Pork Stir Fry
Yellow Squash and Potato Saut?/a>
Yellow Squash and Stuffing Casserole
Yellow Squash Bread
Yellow Squash Cornbread
Yellow Squash Crumb Muffins
Yellow Squash Hushpuppies
Yellow Squash Meringue Cake
Yellow Squash Muffins
Yellow Squash Pone
Yellow Squash Puffs
Zucchini and Carrot Casserole
Zucchini Cheese Casserole
Zucchini and Cheddar Cheese Casserole
Zucchini Alfredo
Zucchini and Chicken Casserole
Zucchini and Parmesan Sauce
Zucchini and Pineapple Bread
Zucchini Bake
Zucchini Bars
Zucchini Boats
Zucchini Boat Salad
Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles
Zucchini and Carrot Bread
Zucchini and Tomatoes
Zucchini Casserole
Zucchini Casserole #2
Zucchini Cookies
Zucchini Corn Fritters
Zucchini "Crab" Cakes
Zucchini Cream Cheese Pancakes
Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini Lasagna #2
Zucchini Monterey Casserole
Zucchini Mousaka
Zucchini Noodle Casserole
Zucchini Noodle Soup With Avocado Sals
Zucchini, Onion and Carrot Saut?
Zucchini Cocoa Orange Cake
Zucchini Pancakes
Zucchini Pancakes #2
Zucchini Pickles
Zucchini Pickles #2
Zucchini Picadillo
Zucchini Pie
Zucchini Quesadillas
Zucchini Quiche
Zucchini Quiche #2
Zucchini & Corn with Tomato and Roasted Chiles
Zucchini & Tomato Saut?
Zucchini Tortellini Salad
Zucchini & Potatoes with Herb Sauce
Zucchini Relish
Zucchini Salad
Zucchini Saut?/a>
Zucchini Soup with Tomatoes
Zucchini Squares
Zucchini Squash Bread
Squash Squash Dip
Zucchini & Squash Casserole
Zucchini Souffl?/a>
Zucchini Stroganoff
Zucchini Stuffed Tomatoes
Zucchini Tarts
Zucchini Tomato Molds