Raw Squash In A
Raw squash is
surprisingly versatile, and a good addition to a
number of healthy
We tend to think of these foods as only having a
place in cooked cuisine, but many are edible and
tasty raw. The key is picking the right ones.
If you know what to look for, you can pick and
prepare some amazing dishes using them.
How The Cucubitaceae Family Fits Into A
Squashes aren't going to be a
staple of a healthy
raw food diet.
They don't digest as well as many other vegetables,
and lack many of the properties that make fruit
such a good staple food.
digestion seems to vary greatly from person to
I know several raw foodists who devour cucumbers
with a passion but get a stomach ache when they
start munching on zucchini.
Try a bunch of different kinds and figure out what
works for you.
Picking The Right
Crack open the wrong squash (also called marrows)
and eat it raw and you're likely spit it out
Many members of family cucubitaceae aren't
particularly palatable if you don't cook them.
Several varieties stand out as solid additions to
a healthy raw food diet, though.
What types work well?
In North America, summer squash is the name for
those members of cucubitaceae eaten in an immature
The best ones I've found that you can eat raw are
yellow squash, crookneck squash, and zucchini.
Winter squash are
eaten in a mature state, and often can last for
months if harvested from your
in late fall and stored in cool
The best winter squashes for raw recipes I've found
are buttercup squash, butternut squash, acorn
squash, and my personal favorite, kabocha.
Cucumbers are technically not squashes, but they are
a member of family cucubitaceae. They're a classic
raw food, and can be found in salads and many other
types of dishes.
What To Do With Raw Squash?
Some raw foodists make soups and elaborate vegetable
dishes out of raw squash. Personally, I usually just
them into pasta.
I then add them to salads or eat them as in raw
spaghetti recipes with a great
raw tomato sauce heaped on top.
dressings can spice up your salad every
night of the week. Don't worry, they're
also low fat and incredibly healthy.
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dressings and sauces from scratch.
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Some squashes make better pasta substitutes than
others. I love the taste of cucumbers, for instance,
but because they're so juicy they tend to dilute
whatever dressing or sauce you put on them. Zucchini
solves the dilution problem with its relative
dryness, but the taste isn't quite what I'm looking
My personal favorite for spiralizing is kabocha,
which is fairly dry and mild in flavor.
I eat pretty simply as a general rule, so these sort
of more complicated dishes make great periodic
treats for me.
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