With Halloween over and Thanksgiving looming, recipes for butternut squash soup abound while caved-in pumpkin faces rot away in back alleys. For all their exotic shapes and colors, winter squashes remain tethered to autumnal demand.
Zucchinis are another story, escaping summertime seasonality. Obscure even thirty years ago in American households, this squash and its variants are now year-round staple items in fresh produce aisles.
How a fruit masquerading as a vegetable broke free of distinct seasonality is a tale of international migration, generations of cultivation and varietal manipulation, and tasty recipes.
Squash patent applications offer a glimpse into the ongoing quest of agribusinesses to create intangible intellectual property assets—varietal patents and memorable trademarks—out of fresh fruit and vegetable produce. This post analyzes an illustrative squash patent and the typical patenting issues encountered during the USPTO examination process.
Since food talk makes one hungry, we close with a zucchini recipe from perhaps the most inspiring cookbook of the 20th century, Simple French Food (1974) by Richard Olney. Continue Reading Palate Pleasing Zucchinis Dominate Squash Patenting