Stuffed Florida Zucchini and Yellow Squash Parmesan
|November 12, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cooking, Farms, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized|
Of all the produce grown in Florida, squash is one of the few that is native to Florida and other areas of the United States. In fact, it is one of the oldest known crops–10,000 years by some estimates. And since squashes are gourds, they most likely served as containers or utensils because of their hard shells. The word “squash” comes from the Native American word “askutasquash” which means “eaten raw or uncooked.”
Today, Florida farmers grow many different types of squash, but mostly crookneck, straightneck, scallop, and zucchini squashes. These are referred to as summer squashes even though they are quite abundant in Florida’s winter months. The pattypan squash shown in our header is small and round with scalloped edges. It can resemble a small toy top or flying saucer so kids should love this one.
Growers also produce some winter squashes such as acorn, butternut and spaghetti squashes. Spaghetti squash is a great low-carb replacement for traditional pasta, with fewer calories as well. Squash is in the same family as pumpkin, and much of the pumpkin pie we eat is made with winter squash.
But whether its winter squash or summer squash, it’s all delicious. Try our Stuffed Florida Zucchini and Yellow Squash Parmesan recipe to taste it for yourself.