This is our real Country Living. It’s living simply and fully with simple goals in life ----- to create is to inspire, to innovate is to amuse, to imagine is to aspire, and to try is to do our best. Relive your life. Just stay focus, focus, and focus.
"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when
you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."
SUMMER SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI FIELDS (before)
SUMMER SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI FIELDS (now)
After I featured our newly planted garden last
July,the two pictures showing the
squash, zucchini, and pumpkin plants above, have a lot of visible growth.They are still growing continuously like crazy.That’s a great, well job done,by the Great Gardener. I sometimes get
confused which ones are squash or which ones are pumpkins or which ones are
zucchinis.I have to use a bamboo stick
to look where they are because they are so crowded already. They all looklike the same to me and I’ve found out that they
really belong to one group of family-- (clap your hands please) -- the *Cucurbitaceae family. So, Golden Egg, Saffron, and Zucchini are
cousins. Hmmmm... I wonder who their grandfather was. (-.-)
Golden egg and Saffron summer squash are *low in
calories andhigh in Vitamins A & C
that can help protect from heart disease and stroke and maintain healthy blood
pressure.Its fiber also helps promote
colon health.I like the texture, size,
appearance, and most of all, the consistent rich color of Golden Egg. Though
Saffron has pale color, its appearance and smooth, shiny texture are also
likeable.I love them both (no jealousy
Being a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, makes zucchini also so important to include in our daily food diet.It is rich in *Vitamin A , folate, potassium, and fiber that makes heart healthy as well as colon healthy and has been linked with cancer prevention.It also contains Vitamin C and lutein which is excellent for the eyes and helps to reduce bruising.I like eating zucchinis raw with its skin on because they are as good as eating cucumber raw.I also like sautéing mixed vegetables, but I don’t over cook them so to preserve its crispness and nutrients.I have other upcoming recipes for this Cucurbitaceae family.
When to Harvest the Cucurbitaceae Family of Vegetables
As you can see in the picture, the zucchini, as well as, the saffron and golden egg can be harvested when their blossom ends have withered already. Don’t wait too long till become they
bigger before you pick them. Their seeds will become matured as they grow older
and bigger. Look also on the color of its skin especially the golden egg. When its color turns too dark like dark yellow
orange, it means it’s getting older and forming matured seeds and its skin becoming thick which are not
good signs anymore to cook.