This long, light green summer vegetable is a type of zucchini squash that is very typical of Sicily. Sicilians call it “cucuzza longa.” They cut it up and fry it with breadcrumbs. They make a light pasta sauce with onions, tomatoes, and potatoes with it. They make soups with it. And they also make a sweet paste with it that is called cucuzzata Siciliana and is often used as a base for desserts. I took this photo at Ballaro’ market in Palermo.
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What a perfect vegetable – a long, skinny zucchini – that can be used in desserts!