Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Avocado Squash

You might remember last week I wrote about finding this odd thing at the farmers market called an avocado squash.
It looks a bit odd, and the name is a bit confusing, right? I mean, what in the world would an avocado and a squash taste like together?

The description given by Nevia No from Bodhitree Farm is:
Nutty, dense, and rich taste. Raw, saute, grill or roast. Whatever, they'll be the best.

Let me just say, avocado squash has a very unique and delicious taste. There's a bit of mild sweetness and the texture is soft yet crisp. When cut into, the coloring is quite similar to that of an avocado!
I cut a few slices of the avocado squash, then quartered, and dropped them in a skillet with green and yellow beans, also from the farmers market, and a bit of ground black pepper.
It was a pretty simple dinner, so I covered chicken breasts from WF's with the rest of the BBQ Cherry Garlic Glaze we got from Cherry Republic and baked for about 20 minutes. 

The result: a delicious, nutritious and fresh summer dinner!

When I was purchasing another avocado squash today, I told Nevia how much we had enjoyed this first one and asked how long the season lasts. Turns out, they're available till the first frost! I have a feeling we will be eating quite a few of these. She suggested eating them raw, but we enjoyed them lightly cooked. They have a very interesting flavor and it's a nice way to mix things up. I can't seem to find nutritional stats on these anywhere, but they must be healthy. According to, summer squash, a relative, is a good source of vitamins such as A, K, C, B6, thiamin, copper, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, and more. Not bad, right?

I picked up an avocado yesterday. I think I may have to try the avocado and avocado squash together!

Did you hear that the Dept of Health is going to start handing out letter grades to NYC restaurants, that must be displayed on the front window? What do you think of this idea? Does your town do something like this?
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abbi said...

The avocado squash looks yummy! I'll have to try to be on the look-out around here!

Robyn @ WannabeWriterRunner said...

Yum, sounds so interesting. It's the first veg I've never heard of but I kinda want to go out and find one. Random question: Your meals are always so healthy. Do you ever snack after dinner?

shelby @ eatdrinkrun said...

I saw those at the greenmarket today and wondered about them! Good to know they'll be around for a while - I'm curious to try them!

Courtney @ Three Months said...

Two of my favorite things together? I must find one of these!!

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

So I kind of like the idea of handing out letter grades to resturaunts....NYC is always on top of things! C'mon Texas get your big booty in gear!! (pun INTENDED!!)

Lindsay @ said...

An avocado squash? I need to find this. One of my favorite things about the blog world is learning about fruits and veggies I had no idea exsisted!

Rebecca said...

An avocado and a squash? Sounds yummy!

California and Nevada (and I'm sure many other states) use the grading system. Most places get "A"s but if you see a "B", you might want to go somewhere else. From a news report I saw it made it seem pretty easy to get a good grade though. If the health dept comes in and you have violations, you have time to correct them before they visit again and your assigned a grade. So a good grade doesn't always mean a reastuarant has no violations.

lpskins said...

wow!! how wird/wonderful!