Gem Squash Recipe

This gem squash recipe will tell you how to cook and enjoy these little gems. They are so easy to grow in your own garden or even in a large pot with a trellis allowing the plant to creep up against. When young and freshly picked, you need not remove the seeds or the skin! Enjoy the whole vegetable.

Gem squash recipe

Yummy Gem Squash

A delicious side dish of gem squash to enjoy with your meal
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 4
Calories 340 kcal


  • 4 gem squashes one per person
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 liter water
  • 80 grams butter
  • 4 tsp sugar


  • Prick each squash twice with a fork
  • Boil in salt water for approximately 25 minutes if fresh. Allow more time for older and larger squashes.
  • Cut in halves and remove seeds with a spoon.
  • Put some butter on each half.
  • Sugar is optional. You may prefer to eat it with extra salt.


Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 14gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 759mgPotassium: 2968mgFiber: 12gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 2766IUVitamin C: 193mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 4mg
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