I had never before seen the large bent squash that was for sale today at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. I am sure it has been around many times but for whatever reason I have always missed it. Until today. And since James and I love to try new food, why not!
The opo squash is to be peeled and used much like any other squash. As it was described to me they are good with butter, salt, and pepper, or in soups. Others seem to like in salads. The opo squash has a taste which is very similar to zucchini’s taste, with a firm white center.
Walking around with it at the market made for lots of interesting conversations. One group of college students wondered “what in heavens”, and a seven-year-old who was celebrating her birthday thought whatever vine it grew on must he TTTHHHIIISSS big as she spread her arms to show me. Another lady snapped a picture of me and the squash, asking me to step back twice so the whole vegetable could be seen.
This afternoon I put a tomato near it on our kitchen table as a point of reference. Without the stem it is 27 inches long.
There are many reasons to love the Farmers’ Market, but getting the chance to try new foods ranks right up there with enjoying the old-fashioned potato buttermilk donuts.
OK, OK, second to the donuts!!