Squash the game has nothing to do with squash the fruit. That’s right, squash is a fruit, not a vegetable, because it contains the seeds of the plant. With so many varieties of this vitamin rich food, deciding whether to boil, sautÃ©, bake, roast or grill it the hardest part. Here are some interesting facts about this amazing fruit.
Fact 1: The world squash comes from the Narragansett Indian word ‘œaskutasquash’, which means, ‘œeaten raw or uncooked’.
Fact 2: Squash falls into two categories: summer and winter squash. Summer squash is tenderer and has a thinner, edible rind. Both are high in Vitamins A and C.
Fact 3: Squash originated in Mexico and Central America. The American Indians shared its seeds with Europeans and it is now grown all over the world.
Fact 4: Pumpkin is a squash.
Fact 5: Joel Jarvis in Ontario, Canada grew the world’s biggest squash. It gained 40 lbs a day to reach 1,500 lbs. The giant squash could make 5,360 bowls of soup.
Fact 6: Amelia Simmons wrote the first recipe book published in the United States in 1796. It contained the first pumpkin recipe ‘“ pumpkin pudding.
Fact 7: Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew squash in their kitchen gardens.
Fact 8: You can also eat the plant’s seeds, leaves, tendrils, shoots, and flowers.
Fact 9: The squash variety, known as gourds, was grown for use as containers.
Fact 10: In Latin American, they use squash to make candy.
Fact 11: Just like potatoes, you can deep fry zucchini, making for a much healthier side dish than French fries.
Fact 12: In the United States, Florida produces the most squash, followed by New York, California, and North Carolina. In 2011, the United States grew 743.8 million pounds of squash.
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