Wonderful Winter Squash

Winter squash have thick shells that protect the delicious flesh inside. Some squash are available year-round, although their natural season runs from late summer to mid-winter. There are many varieties of squash and so many wonderful ways to prepare them. We have picked seven of our favorite and shared a special way to prepare them each. Acorn Squash Acorn squash are round and mostly dark green, with occasional splotches of orange and yellow. The flesh is a slightly yellowish pumpkin orange. They weigh between 12 oz. and 2 pounds and are usually available year round. They are good for roasting, baking, steaming, mashing, and sautéing. Try this: Baked Acorn Squash Butternut Squash Butternut squash is an elongated pear shape vegetable with a tan skin and bright orange flesh. They usually weigh between 2 and 3 pounds. Butternut Squash is the sweetest winter squash with thick flesh and very few seeds. It roasts, and sautees quickly. Best of all, is mashes and purees smoothly, with no thick strands, making it perfect for soups. Try this: Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Spaghetti Squash Once cooked the flesh of the Spaghetti Squash pulls apart into thick spaghetti-like strands. It can be used as a spaghetti alternative to any dish. The spaghetti squash are large with pale skin and usually weigh over three pounds. Try this: Sauteed Spaghetti Squash Pumpkins Some varieties of pumpkins can be roasted or turned into soups.. Look for Rouge Vif d'Etampes, Blue Hokkaido, or Red Kuri. Look for pumpkins labeled sweet, sugar, or cheese pumpkins. You can bake, roast, mash, or puree. Try this: Pumpkin Soup Delicata Squash Delicata squash is small and striped in bright yellow, dark green, and orange. The peel is thin and edible. The flesh is sweet and nutty with a corn-like flavor. It is particularly good when roasted with butter or stuffed and baked. Try this: Baked Delicata Squash with Quinoa Patty Pan Squash Small size, round, shallow squash with scalloped edges, resembling a small toy top. Pattypan squash are often yellow or green in color. The squash is most tender when relatively immature, so choose squash that is no more than 3 inches in diameter. Try this: Grilled Patty Pan Squash Sweet Dumpling Squash A small, sweet winter squash. The sweet dumping resembles a miniature pumpkin with its top pushed in. Often cream or orange colored with flecks of green, with an orange flesh inside. Stores well and is easy to cook. Best roasted or stuffed. Small, usually weighing 7-12 ounces each. Try This: Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash