All About Winter Squash

October5

All About Winter Squash - They may look weird, but they're wonderful!

Winter squash reminds me of football players. Not just because they’re both in season right now, but because they’re low in fat, usually large and have really tough skins (yet somehow manage to be pretty sweet on the inside!).

These vegetables are  also incredibly versatile and can be substituted for each other. They’re also high in vitamins and antioxidants… and they’ll keep for weeks if you store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place (I’m not sure football players would like that).

When choosing winter squash, here’s what to look for:
• Firm, hard skin
• Deep rich color (lots of beta-carotene)
• Heavy for it’s size

These are some of the more popular winter squash and a few links to delicious recipes from other fantastic food bloggers:

All About Winter Squash. Acorn Squash - One of the most popular in America. It’s a little bland, which may be why it’s used in so many recipes.

Acorn Squash

One of the most popular in America. It’s a little bland, which may be why it’s used in so many recipes.

All About Winter Squash. Banana Squash: When you see cut up slabs of squash in the supermarket, it’s probably one of these. Thanks Melissa's Produce!

Image from Melissa’s Produce

Banana Squash

These are the huge… really, really huge. Halloween pumpkins can get big and round… these get big and long. When you see cut up slabs of squash in the supermarket, it’s probably one of these.

All About Winter Squash. Buttercup Squash - Dark green, dense and squat, sometimes with a turban on top, these squash are amazingly sweet.Buttercup Squash

Dark green, dense and squat, sometimes with a turban on top, these squash are amazingly sweet.

All About Winter Squash. Butternut Squash - Amazing flavor and versatility makes this the perfect all-purpose squash.Butternut Squash

A very distinctive squash with a buff-skin and long, straight solid neck and round bottom. Amazing flavor and versatility makes this the perfect all-purpose squash.

All About Winter Squash. Carnival Squash - The party animal in the squash family, these pumpkin-shaped squash are splashed with fall colors and have a sweet potato-like flavor.Carnival Squash

The party animal in the squash family, these pumpkin-shaped squash are splashed with fall colors and have a sweet potato-like flavor.

All About Winter Squash. Delicata Squash - Yellow or cream colored with dark green strips running down their oblong shape, these squash are easy to peel and are great for filling.Delicata Squash

Yellow or cream colored with dark green strips running down their oblong shape, these squash are easy to peel and are great for filling.

All About Squash. Hubbard Squash - Don’t let the “wart” covered skin keep you from trying this delicious squash in any of its color combinations (orange, blue or slate)!

Hubbard Squash

Don’t let the “wart” covered skin keep you from trying this delicious squash in any of its color combinations (orange, blue or slate)!

All About Winter Squash: Kabocha - Also known as Japanese pumpkin, the green, almost square-shaped Kabocha is similar to buttercup squash with a nice sweet flavor.Kabocha Squash

Also known as Japanese pumpkin, the green, almost square-shaped Kabocha is similar to buttercup squash with a nice sweet flavor.

All About Winter Squash. Spaghetti Squash: Substitute this lovely yellow squash for whole-wheat spaghetti and you’ll save 75-percent of the calories! Available year-round put peaks from early fall through winter.Spaghetti Squash

Substitute this lovely yellow squash for whole-wheat spaghetti and you’ll save 75-percent of the calories! Available year-round put peaks from early fall through winter.


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6 thoughts on “All About Winter Squash

  1. Kathy

    Help, I can’t find a banana squash anywhere anymore. I live in Arizona and my grocer says they are too big too sell and too much labor to stock.

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    1. Christina Post author

      Banana squashes are huge, so I can understand their lack of availability. That’s why they are usually sold in slices. Contact Melissa’s Produce and see if they know a grocer in your area where you can find one. Here is the link to their website: http://www.melissas.com/Banana-Squash-p/194.htm Good luck! I know how frustrating it is to not be able to source a product! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Elaine

    Thank you this is wonderful! I look at them and wonder how can I use them and what are each one! You are a true find Chris!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.