Lebanese white bush squash (sometimes known as "Lubnani" squash, or as "Lebanese white bush marrow") is a summer squash that originates, as its name indicates, from Lebanon. Being a summer squash, the Lebanese white bush squash is picked before its rind thickens and hardens. This allows the rind to be eaten, as it is with other summer squashes like zucchini. The individual squashes weigh 1 to 2 lbs. and have a sweet and mild flavor. There are five basic ways to eat summer squash, allowing it to be used in thousands of recipes.
Things You'll Need
- Baking pan
- Olive oil
- Frying pan
Bake the squash. This is the simplest way to eat any summer squash, including Lebanese white bush. To bake, slice the squash down the middle and set it in a baking pan with the flat faces upwards. Add 1/4 inch of water to the pan to keep it from drying out, and place the squash in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the squash for around 30 minutes, or until the exposed flesh starts to brown. You can brush on olive oil or your choice of spices to add flavor and moisture.
Stir-fry the squash. Place a wok or deep frying pan on a burner turned up to medium heat, then swirl around enough cooking oil to coat the surface of the pan. Chop the squash into bite-sized chunks, then fry them for around five minutes, pushing them around and turning them over continually with a spatula. Squash absorbs a lot of flavor, so you may want to add sauce to the pan and simmer the fried squash pieces in it for another three or four minutes.
Steam the squash. First, chop up the squash into bite-sized bits, then place them in a metal colander. Set a pot on a burner set to "high" and wait for the water to start boiling, then hang the colander inside the pot and cover it with a pot lid. Let the steam cook the squash chunks for five to eight minutes, depending on how tender you like them to be.
Add the squash to baked goods. Lebanese white bush squash, like zucchini, makes a tasty addition to breads, cakes, and cookies. To be mixed into bread or cookie dough, you need to grate the squash with a cheese grater. Once grated, it can be used in place of zucchini in any recipe for zucchini bread or cookies.
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