Talk about commitment to your cucurbits — a squash that you start in spring and grow through summer and harvest in fall and eat through winter? Welcome to the world of winter squash. These summer annuals (Cucurbita moschata) differ from summer squash in that they are left to mature on the vine, through the end [...]
Last week, I came home to an overflowing garden after spending five days in the mountains. I’m convinced that as soon as I leave town and stop “supervising” my veggies, they decide to have a growth spurt overnight. That ginormous squash? I swear that it wasn’t there the week that I left. But when I [...]
Some squash are almost too pretty to eat. And by pretty, I do refer to this warted green goblin of a squash that might belong on the front porch of a haunted house. It looks like a character out of a Tolkien novel — at once fascinating and weird — but with Halloween just around the corner, [...]
Out of all the crops I grew in my garden this summer, only one elicited more curious eyebrows and caused more whiplash than anything else — my Zucchino Rampicante (Cucurbita moschata), an Italian heirloom zucchini also known as Zucchetta Rampicante or Tromboncino squash.
I have a confession. I eat cupcakes for breakfast. But not just any cupcake. A rich, moist, sweet summer squash cupcake with cream cheese frosting on top. I eat the whole thing (okay, maybe two) till the very end when I’m licking crumbs off the liner and frosting off my fingers. Somehow, I convince myself [...]
One day’s harvest over the weekend… Bidwell casaba melon, Japanese Summer Top cucumber, Purple Plum and White Hailstone radishes, Striata d’Italia zucchini, Red Zebra tomatoes, Sweet Chocolate bell peppers (the first ripe ones this season!), Poona Kheera cucumber, Strie Patisson Melange squash, and a pair of crisp golden apples. Now I just need to go [...]
It probably doesn’t look like your average camp food. But before I left on a camping trip this past weekend, I raided the garden for some fresh grub to go alongside our chicken and steaks. It’s impressive how many meals you can make out of one harvest!