19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, September 27, 1914: <<no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sigh. .. Another day with no diary entry. so here’s a trivia question:
Question: Did Grandma’s family eat butternut squash? . . . zucchini?
I found a picture of squash varieties in a hundred-year-old book on vegetable gardening—and was surprised that it did not include either butternut or zucchini squash.
I then did a little research and was amazed to discover that neither butternut nor zucchini was available in the US a hundred years ago.
The Silvia International website states:
Butternut squash, also known in some countries as the butternut pumpkin, is the most popular of the winter squash, and was originally developed in Massachusetts in the 1940s.
According to Wikipedia:
The first records of zucchini in the United States date to the early 1920s. It was almost certainly brought over by Italian immigrants and probably was first cultivated in the United States in California.