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Such a lovely, malleable word. It even rolls off your tongue gently. Squish, squash, schmoosh. These sound like things that are soft and pliable.

Squash are none of the above. They are not soft, welcoming or even vaguely friendly. They are the hardest vegetable known to man and the most awkward. No knife ever seems sharp enough or sturdy enough when you attack one of these beasts. They are mammoth compared to the lowly potatoes, beets, carrots and other roasting vegetable. They roll around in their hard skin, skidding off the cutting board and threatening to send the knife straight into flesh. You wrestle them in to submission and manage access, only to find slimy, stringy guts that resist removal. Seeds slither to the floor and cause your feet to skate in odd directions.

Squash seem to keep forever; all winter long you can find a good “fresh” squash. I wonder what enticed our early ancestors to tackle this food source? Their beauty is in their thick skin, rich colors and wondrous shapes.

That and the fact that once you have beaten a squash to, well squash, it makes a wonderful soup, a fabulous side-dish and one of my favorite roasted veggies. DSC_7931 DSC_7933 DSC_7937 DSC_7938

11 comments on “Squash

  1. Touring NH says:

    I love squash. There are so many varieties and so many ways to prepare it. As with so many foods, I always wonder what made that first person say “Hmm, this look like something could eat.”


    1. I love it when someone else does all the work!!


  2. julieallyn says:

    I’m a somewhat recent convert to The Joy of Squash.

    I heartily agree on all counts!


    1. Thanks Julie! I love the end result, just find it frustrating to get it “squashed”!!


  3. cheryl622014 says:

    First met them in Jamaica and then renewed acquaintance in Guyana. They really do not want you to peel them easily…! We’ve come to an agreement, if son is there he does it, otherwise chop into smaller pieces first, then tackle like splitting wood…


    1. Very good analogy! A tough squash is very much like splitting wood!! Maybe I’ll just dig out the chain saw next time! 🙂

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  4. The only veggie I know that can compete with a squash is a turnip. I’ve had to hammer a knife through them before.


    1. Oh don’t even go there, I refuse to eat them unless someone else does the dirty work!

      But roasted in an infused maple syrup and I can make them sing!!


  5. Marie Keates says:

    They’re certainly beautiful to look at. I’ve got some tiny butternut squash growing in my garden. Whether they will make it to maturity or not remains to be seen but I hope so.


    1. Even if they never “grow up” I bet they would make a lovely fall decorative piece! Congrats on growing them and hope you can enjoy a taste of your own!


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