This section is from the book "Mrs. Rorer's Diet For The Sick", by Sarah Tyson Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Mrs. Rorer's Diet For The Sick.
This belongs to the pumpkin tribe; in chemical composition, how'ever, it closely resembles the cucumber and vegetable marrow. It may be carefully boiled in very little water, mashed through a colander and seasoned with salt and butter. Or it may be boiled carefully like cucumbers, in pieces, and served with cream or egg sauce.