A Zucchini by Any Other Name. . . .
Well! A person is never too old to learn something new and I proved this to myself when I did some research on zucchini.
First, I’ve had a literary mystery solved after many years. As a kid I read all the Agatha Christie mysteries, and often in them, people were planting harvesting “marrows.” I had no idea what they were but wasn’t going to put down a good mystery story just to find out. I don’t think I’ve ever read the word “marrow” as a food anywhere else but in books by British authors. Sure enough! Only in Britain, a fully grown zucchini is called a marrow.
Second, I’ve always wondered how zucchini got its Italian-sounding name. All squash varieties including this summer squash we call zucchini, got their start in the Americas and were discovered by colonists in the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century that this same summer squash became popular with cooks in Italy who called it zucchino, meaning “little squash.” The Italian botanists developed the zucchino into the form we call zucchini today.
As for the word squash, it comes from a Native American word, skutasquash, meaning “green thing eaten green.”
We still eat zucchini raw and green, but we also eat it in so many forms from soups, casseroles to breads and to anywhere you imagination might take you. Here are some recipes, I think you’ll enjoy.