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Our Favorite Squash and the Best Ways to Use Them

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash are usually 2-3 pounds in size with an edible skin that ranges from dark green to orange. These are a great all purpose squash with a bright orange flesh that has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor.

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Choose acorn squash that have a firm exterior, are free from soft spots and blemishes, and feel heavy for their size. Store them in a cool, dry place and they will keep for at least one month. These squash are great roasted in halves and stuffed.


Butternut Squash

Butternut squash are an oblong shape with a creamy beige exterior color and a bright orange interior with few seeds. Depending on how you cook the squash, the rind is edible. These also are a great all purpose squash with a buttery flavor, it is the sweetest of the winter squash.

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Look for squash that's firm, heavy for its size, and free of cracks and soft spots. Butternut squash is extremely versatile. It's perfect for roasting and sautéing, or making a smooth purée or soup.


Delicata Squash How to choose and store

Delicata Squash

This small cylindrical shaped squash is incredibly fast and easy to cook, it has a multi colored edible rind and a creamy orange interior.

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Choose squash free from soft spots and blemishes. Store in a cool dark area fro up to a month. This squash is also known as the sweet potato squash as they have a very similar flavor. Try roasting them in rounds, steaming or sautéed.


Carnival Squash how to choose and store

Carnival Squash

Carnival squash is a hybrid of sweet dumpling squash and acorn squash. It has a very pretty multi-colored exterior making it a nice fall decoration, but the interior is also quite delicious!

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Carnival squash is nutty and sweet much like acorn and butternut squash. It is creamy and more moist than other varieties after cooking. Halve and roast like an corn squash.


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