Monday, August 31, 2009

Sundry thoughts on squash

Unfurling squash blossom - click on image to enlarge it.

Zucchinis terrific!
Like bunnies, prolific!

~Author Unknown~

The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.

~Dave Barry~

Now in the east the white bean
and the great squash
are tied with the rainbow.
Listen! the rain's drawing near!
The voice of the bluebird is heard.

~Navaho Indian Chant,

Songs in the Garden of the House God~

Native Americans all over the U.S. and Canada use a term they call the Three Sisters to describe the Native American way of life through the gardening technique of planting corn, beans and squash together on the same mound. These Three Sisters - corn, beans and squash supplement and compliment each other. The vines of the bean plant grow up the corn stalk. The huge leaves of the squash vines keep the ground moist for all of the roots. The nutritious vitamins from each of the plants escapes into the soil so that they each benefit from one another.

~Deborah Champlain~

And most definitely there are recipes for squash blossoms! How do these sound to you:

Battered Squash Blossoms (With or Without Stuffing)

Squash Blossom Frittata

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Squash Blossom Hush Puppies

Squash Blossom Soup

The recipes can be found here. I may have to ask my neighbor if I can have a few of those blossoms!

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