[Sca-cooks] Is Zuccnini Marrow?

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Fri Aug 21 21:00:39 PDT 2009

>Am correct that Zuccinni is marrow and if so how about a few some 
>what period recipes for using it up?
>                    Kay

Note that "marrow" refers to two entirely different things. 
"Vegetable marrow" is the British term for various varieties of 
squash, at least some of which are similar to Zucchini. "Marrow" is 
the stuff inside bones. There are lots of references to marrow in 
period cookbooks. What is now called "vegetable marrow" is from the 
New World. The earliest use of the term given in the OED is 19th 
century, so I think it's safe to assume that references to "marrow" 
in period cookbooks don't refer to it.

As another poster has explained, there were old world edible gourds 
in period, but they don't seem to have been called marrows.

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