Maybe you have seen this amazing vegetable at a Farmer’s Market or maybe you even grow it yourself in your garden? It has many different names such as serpent zucchini, italian squash, serpent of Sicily, zucchetta, calabash, and other names. They can be used like zucchini or summer squash, taste great, stay fresh for 2 weeks without refrigeration, and their most amazing feature is that they self-heal. Just cut off as much as you want to use and leave the remaining portion out on your kitchen counter. In no time, the end will dry and seal in the moisture and freshness of the left-over portion. when ready to use more, cut off another piece and discard the dried end.
So don’t hesitate, grab one and take it home. Here’s my favorite EASY recipe that’s a hit at our table every time. Add a different liquid and spice to make it either a soup or a curry (great over rice and pasta).
1 tablespoon of olive oil, heat
2 onions, chopped, add and cook until soft
1/2 of a serpent squash, peeled and cut into bite size pieces, add and stir
1 large package sliced button mushrooms, add and stir
For soup: add 2 chicken or vegetable flavor cubes and 2-3 cups water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Freezes and reheats well.
For curry: add 3 tablespoons curry powder and 2-3 cups milk. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over pasta or with rice. Freezes and reheats well.