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Squash

Butternut Squash

One of the most common winter squash and is the sweetest variety of winter squash. It also has the highest doses of vitamins A and C. Look for squash that's firm, heavy for its size, and free from cracks and soft spots.

Available: Year Round

Peak Season: Summer - Early Fall

Weight: 2 - 5 Pounds

Shape: Bell

Skin: Thin Smooth, Butterscotch, Beige Color

Flesh: Dense, Creamy Flavor: Sweet, Nutty

Great for: Roasting and soups.



Pumpkin

Large field pumpkins — ones you'd put on your front porch — are best left for decoration since they're dry and flavorless. Sugar pumpkins, and like varieties, have a sweet, earthy taste.


For the best flavor and texture, choose pumpkins grown specifically for eating rather than carving, such as sugar pumpkins, sweet pumpkins, cheese pumpkins, and different heirloom varieties.


Weight: 2 - 8 Pounds

Color: Bright Orange

Flesh: Light, Orange Dense

Flavor: Mellow Sweetness, Nutty

Shape: Round

Great for: Pies, quick breads, pancakes, risottos. Roast or steam, puree, then add to recipe.


Hubbard

One of the largest winter varieties, Hubbard squash typically weighs 8 to 20 pounds Hubbard squash has a rich, sweet pumpkin flavor.


Look for a squash that's hard and firm, heavy for its size, and free from soft spots. You'll find whole hubbard squash at farm stands and farmers markets, though because of its size, it's generally sold pre-cut and seeded in grocery stores.


Available: Year Round

Peak Season: Early Fall - Winter

Weight: 8 - 20 Pounds

Shape: Large Irregular, Bumpy

Skin: Inedible, Orange, Grayish - Blue Hard, Nubby

Flesh: Savory, Dense, Sweet, Yellow

High in Sugar, Can store for 6 months

Flavor: Sweet, Nutty

Great for: Pie filling, purees, and mashes.



Sweet Dumpling

The flesh is starchy and sweet, with a flavor that's reminiscent of corn. Look for squash with deep coloring, and a smooth rind that's free from soft spots, blemishes, or cracks. Stored in a cool, dry area, away from sunlight, this squash can last for up to three months.


Available: Fall Peak

Season: Fall

Weight: 7 ounces

Shape: Like a small pumpkin with a flat top

Color: Cream with Dark Green Ridges

Flesh: Sweet, Tender, Orange

Flavor: Slightly Sweet, Soft Great for: Baking.


Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash is remarkably sweet with a nice nutty flavor, and texture that's similar to a blend of sweet potato and pumpkin. Look for a squash with dull coloring that's firm and heavy for its size, and free from soft spots. Store it in a cool, dry place for up to one month.


Available: All Year

Weight: 2 - 3 pounds

Shape: Squat, Round

Skin: Hard, Jade Green, Bluish-Gray, Cream Color

Flesh: Dense, Dry, Pale Orange-Yellow

Flavor: Rich, Honeyed Sweetness

Great for: Soups


Acorn

Acorn squash has a mild, subtly sweet and nutty flavor. This skin is also edible. 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.


Available: All Year

Weight: 1 - 3 pounds

Shape: Small, Round like an Acorn

Flesh: Sweet, Fibrous Skin: Edible, Hard, Ribbed, Dull Green Color

Flavor: Rich, Honeyed Sweetness

Great for: Roasting. Peeling is difficult, so cut it in half or slice.


Delicata

Popular in the early 1900s, Delicata has creamy flesh with a mild flavor akin to sweet potatoes. Choose squash that are heavy for their size, and free from blemishes and soft spots.


Available: All Year

Peak Season: Late Season - Early Fall

Weight: 1 - 2 pounds

Color: Pale Yellow, Dark Green Pinstripes Flesh: Creamy

Skin: Edible, Hard, Ribbed Flavor: Creamy, Sweet

Shape: Resembles a Fat Cucumber

Great for: Roasting and stuffing.



Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash doesn't actually taste like spaghetti. It has a tender, chewy, stringy texture, and a very mild flavor. Unlike other winter squash varieties, it lacks sweetness. Look for spaghetti squash with a firm outer shell, that's heavy for its size, and free from soft spots. Store it in a cool, dry place for up to one month.


Available: All Year

Peak Season: Early Fall - Winter

Weight: 4 - 8 pounds

Color: Golden Yellow Flesh: Stringy

Skin: Hard

Flavor: Mild, Nutlike

Shape: Watermelon Shaped

Great for: Roasting. Scrape out the strands and dress with butter or pasta sauce

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