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 Post subject: cucuzza squash is horrible!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:51 pm 
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i was at the farmer's market this weekend, and what i assumed to be a tromboncino squash was actually a cucuzza squash. i feel so betrayed! it's so bitter. the first 1/3 we ate without peeling it, and the 2nd 1/3 i peeled first, and it was better, but i'm considering throwing the last 1/3 away. (good thing i purchased one of the smaller ones. apparently the older they get the more bitter they are.)

the 2nd half of this blog post is about the cucuzza, and it's exactly what i feel like. http://www.frangallo.com/bitter-gourd/

does anyone here actually enjoy it?

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I like it. I usually make pasta sauce or soup with it. The skin is inedible and even the small seeds can be bitter, so they should be removed. If you don't throw out the last 1/3rd you could try slicing it and sprinkling with salt, then rinsing after a half hour or so.

I've also seen people cut the gigantic ones in slices, prick them with a fork, then rub the slices together until they exude a white liquid, but I've never tried that.


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I've had it in a chinese restaurant and I thought it was good. I think they just steamed them? I'm not sure, we ate slices of it.

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I like it, but eating it with the skin could have been gross enough to scare you off it altogether. ;) Maybe use the last 1/3 in a tomato-based soup?


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my partner used bitter melon (bitter gourd by a different name, i believe) in a stir fry earlier this year. worst stir fry ever. he didn't peel it, as i recall.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:22 pm 
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cipollina wrote:
Maybe use the last 1/3 in a tomato-based soup?

ok. *side eye*
i do have an eggplant and zucchini to use up, so maybe i can disguise it a bit.
will report back. (unless i've died from the gross. in that case, the rest of the soup goes to you in my will.)

and i think i'll try xocolatl's salting/deseeding method. thanks!

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ok, so i didn't have enough time for the salting, but i did deseed it.

2 large cans of diced tomatoes, a med-large eggplant, a large zucchini, a few handfuls of greenbeans, 2 med onions (sauteed before everything else), 3 cloves garlic, 2 cups of beans (kidney/pinto) oregano and an italian spice mix that smells like it definitely has fennel in it. and the last 1/3 of the cucuzza, peeled and deseeded. i also peeled extra to remove the dark green layer under the skin.

it's like a minestrone but without pasta. no bitter at all. i guess the soup sucked it out and diffused it throughout.

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