Farmer’s Market Find: Lunga di Napoli

A fabulous farmer’s market find!

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An immature Lunga di Napoli Squash, often used in Italian and French cooking instead of butternut squash or pumpkin.

The young farmer at the farmer’s market picked out my squash for me, based on how I was going to cook it.  He did say that they were better steamed, and tasted like zucchini.  He also called it a “French Roasting Squash”.  Hmmmm.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Turns out, it’s a Lunga di Napoli (translation: Long of Naples) and when ripe, it looks and tastes like a butternut squash, albeit with the green skin.   When immature, it tastes like nothing.  These squash only weighed a few pounds.  When ripe, they are anywhere between 20 to over 50 pounds!!  That’s a lot of squash.

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Oh well.

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Have I mentioned that my chickens are very well fed?

I did manage to use my one little bitty roasted butternut squash in a soup which turned out fabulous.  So, all was not lost.

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