So I am preparing another workshop on Roman cooking, and I’m trying to include more of the vegetable dishes.
But I have a translation problem.
Book III (The Gardener): Section IV Cucurbitas
See – that is the genus name for squash (summer & winter). But I’m pretty sure that squash was native to the western hemisphere.
So what would the Romans have been talking about?
Okay, so I was ashamed to post this without a proper googling, first.
ETA: Here is a picture of the calabash split open. I am dubious.
Okay, so when the calabash is less mature and in Italy, it is known as a cucuzza. Here is a good guide on picking and cooking one. Actually, this vegetable (straight, not bulgy, about 1 foot long) is frequently available at my produce truck. SCORE!
ETA: 9/9/08 : Looks like someone has already done this research