Squash Vine Tips: My Favorite Late Summer Green

Squash Leaves, Tips and Vines

The tender ends of squash plants are a memorably delicious green with an herb-like squash flavor.  If you’ve got vines in your garden or have access to a produce stand or an Asian market that offers them, do give them a try.

Use up to eight inches of the vine stems with their leaves, blossoms (with the stamen removed), curly tendrils, and nascent fruits. The are similar to snow peas in texture, and the stems look like green penne rigate. Cooking melts their otherwise hairy texture and heightens their sweet flavor. Plan to use them within a few days of harvest.

Winter Squash Vine Tips, Blossoms and Stems
Winter Squash Vine Tips, Blossoms and Stems

Don’t worry about diminishing future harvest, as the pruned tips quickly grow secondary tips. And, when the first frost threatens, harvest all available tips and cook them up. As winter squash and cucumber vines have longer stems than bush-type varieties (like zucchini and pattypan), they yield a higher volume of greens. Compared to squash greens, cucumber tips have a slightly bitter flavor, but cooking mitigates it.



For the dish pictured below, I briefly sauteed an onion and carrot. I added chopped squash tips and sauteed them for several minutes, salted to taste and served them. Expect these greens to soften more quickly than would kale or cabbage. I substitute tips for any leafy green and generously add them to soups, braised dishes and stirfries.

Sauteed Squash Vine Tips
Sauteed Squash Vine Tips



Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Information on www.RebeccaWood.com is intended for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice from a doctor or healthcare provider. Rebecca Wood is neither a medical doctor nor a dietician. Use of this presentation does not establish a doctor-patient relationship. Note: no single facial indicator (such as wrinkles, discoloration or irregular skin texture) makes a particular diagnosis.

www.RebeccaWood.com is not responsible for the comments, views, or opinions made by site visitors, and the site itself reserves the right to use its own discretion when determining whether or not to remove offensive comments or images.

www.RebeccaWood.com is not responsible for the translation or interpretation of content.