When you hear the words “winter” and “squash,” you might think Butternut. But Butternut squash, while tasty, has rough skin that you must peel off before cooking, which can consume a lot of time and energy. If you need your squash fix during the cooler months and find yourself short on time, get to know other members of the gourd family that are easier to prepare—and arguably more delicious.
This week, our produce buyer, Bruce, hand-selected first of the season, local Delicata squash for each of our stores, and they arrived today. Rich in fiber, this autumn treat has thin, edible skin, creamy pulp, and a flavor that is reminiscent of corn and sweet potatoes. And the best part is that you don’t have to fight with Delicata squash. It will slice easily, and there’s no need to remove the skin.
To clean, simply run the squash beneath warm water and scrub away any dirt that remains from the harvest. Then cut the gourd in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. (These should be set aside for toasting instead of discarded—Mmm!)
Once the seeds are removed, you can enjoy Delicata squash a number of ways: you can baked it or steam it on its own, stuff it with meat or vegetables, or you can sautée it, roast it, or even put it in the microwave. Make it a main dish by adding a piece of hearty, buttered bread or eat it alongside your favorite meal. What’s important is that you try something new—experiment a little—and let us know how your culinary adventure goes!