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Friday, September 16, 2016

Do You Know Your Squash?

Do You Know Your Squash?

Squash is a nutritional power house. With fall quickly approaching, consumers will see more varieties of squash in the super market.

Delicata is an oblong squash that boasts a thin, edible rind in yellow with green mottled striping. The flesh cooks quickly. Slice and sauté, bake or broil.

Butternut is named for its peanut-like shape and smooth beige coloring. This squash as a vivid orange flesh that is sweet and slightly nutty. Its smooth texture falls apart when cooking, making it a great choice for soups, purees and pies.

Acorn is a deeply ribbed squash that resembles a large, dark green acorn. It has a yellow-orange flesh and tender-firm texture that holds up when cooked. The mild, versatile flavor makes it great for stuffing and baking.

Kabocha is a fairly round squash that can be deep red-orange or dark green with mottled blue-gray striping. The smooth, dense flesh has a sweetness and texture similar to that of a sweet potato. It can be used in curries, stir-fry, salads and soups.

Pumpkin – Look for the smaller pie pumpkins if you plan to cook or bake it. These pumpkins are sweeter than those raised for carving. Their rich flavor is great for pies and baked goods.

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