Real Life, Good Food

Winter squash


Learn more about this delicious gourd


How to select

Choose squash that are firm and heavy for their size and have dull rinds.The rind should be hard – soft rinds may indicate that the squash is watery and lacking in flavor.  Avoid those with any blemishes or signs of decay. 

How to store

Winter squash all share the common characteristic of a tough outer shell that makes it difficult to cut through. This allows the squash to be stored for an extended period of time. Keep squash in a cool, dark place away from direct exposure to any light.  

Peak season


Peak season:fall and winter







Ways to use

  • Steam, sauté, roast, grill or bake all types of squash.
  • Bake in the oven and sprinkle with seasonings. Enjoy warm.
  • Cut into pieces and bake until tender.
  • Spaghetti squash: bake in the oven, scrape out the stringy insides, and top with pasta sauce— it looks like regular spaghetti noodles!
  • Warm up with butternut squash soup on a cold day.                              

 Did you know...

  • There are winter and summer squash varieties, both of which are from the gourd family.
  • Winter squash comes in a variety of colors and shapes.
  • Some common types of winter squash include: acorn, butternut, calabaza, delicate, hubbard, kabocha, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash.
  • The earliest natives cultivated squash and honored them as one of the “three sisters”, along with beans and corn.

How to cut winter squash

How to Cut Winter Squash

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