Squashes are a large group within the cucumber family and includes Winter Squash, Summer Squash, and Pumpkins. Winter Squash comes in array of shapes, colors, and sizes. Some varieties of Winter Squash are Acorn Squash, Banana Squash, Buttercup Squash, Kabocha Squash, and Butternut Squash. It is ready to harvest 60 to 110 days from sowing when rinds are full of color and firm. It is general harvested in the months of July to November and are available in the markets until March. Today, we will provide variety of ways we can use Winter Squash.
What does it look like: It is typically small in size and weighs between 1 and 3 pounds. It usually is orange-yellow like on the inside and generally has a thick dark green and orange like skin.
Flavor: It has a mild subtly sweet and nutty flavor.
How to use it: It can be baked, roasted, steamed, or sauteed.
Acorn Squash Recipes
Penne with Acorn Squash and Pancetta
Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash
What does it look like: It is generally pear shaped and has a smooth cream-colored texture.
Flavor: It is known for being the sweetest variety of Winter Squash.
How to use it: It is can be roasted and steamed. It could be use as a base for a soup or mashed dish.
Butternut Squash Recipes
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage
This week we will be serving Potato and Butternut Squash Mash on Thursday. Come by to either kitchen and try out this new addition to the menu.