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Marina di Chioggia Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Marina di Chioggia'
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A famous Italian squash that goes back more than 300 years, to the seaside village of Chioggia near Venice. In Goldini’s 18th century comic play,
Le Baruffe Chiozzotte
, set in Chioggia, women fight over hot slices of this squash drenched in olive oil and herbs. Today it is still a popular street food along the canals of Venice. The bright orange flesh is tender, nutty and sweet. It can be roasted, baked, steamed or grilled. It is commonly added to risotto, minestrone, stews and sauces, or pureed and used as a filling for ravioli and tortellini or as a batter for gnocchi. It’s so special it can even be used for pies, tarts and muffins. The distinctive grey-blue, knobby fruits, averaging 4-5kg (10-12lbs), store well, as the flavour noticeably improves with age. Fun fact: the knobs are actually "sugar warts" caused by the build up of sugar in the skin. 95-100 days.
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