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Winter Squash

This year I have grown thirteen varieties of winter squash (excluding any pumpkins.) As I continue to give them out in the fall shares, I will update this page with the varieties that are available. Rather than list recipes for each one, I’m going to help you identify them and give a little information so that you can find recipes on line.

Delicata
This variety is becoming more and more popular. It is 5-10 inches long with green stripes that run the length of it. One of the best ways to eat it is to just cut it in half, remove seeds and bake it either plain or with some cinnamon. The skin can be eaten. In addition to just baking, I have seen it in soups and stuffed!

Delicata - winter squash

Sweet Dumpling
Much like the delicata squash, sweet dumpling can be eaten whole. Because of their shape, they are well suited for stuffing.

Sweet dumpling winter squash

Spaghetti

The most interesting part of spaghetti squash is it’s spaghetting like textured flesh. It should be a deep yellow or orange color when ripe, otherwise the taste may be a bit bland. I’ve seen people cut them in half, bake them, add butter and maybe a little maple syrup and then just use a fork to twirl the flesh out like spaghetti.

Spaghetti Squash

Sunshine

Sunshine is in the buttercup category. It has a sweet, meaty and dry flesh. The orange flesh color stays bright when baked or cooked. This squash makes a great pie and is excellent in soups.

Sunshine Winter Squash

Acorn

I think the most common way I have seen acorn squash cooked it to cut it in half and bake it, but I have also heard that it is tasty in a “pumpkin” pie.  The flesh is yellow and is slightly fibrous.  The skin is tough, so don’t eat that.  It should store for a couple of months.

Acorn

Carnival

Although carnival looks similar to sweet dumpling, it is more like an acorn but used like a butternut.  The skin is firm like acorn.  Also, notice the coloring is a little different from sweet dumpling and that the bottom comes to a point, while sweet dumpling is either flat or starts to curve back inwards.  It is often noted that the flesh tastes like sweet potato and butternut squash.

Carnival Squash


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