12/04/06

Winter Squash Extravaganza

winter squash

Photo: Ryan Jacobs

Carnival, spaghetti, banana, acorn, turban? What are we talking about? The many wonderful varieties of winter squash, of course! Packed with the antioxidant beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, dishes featuring the sweet, moist, nutty flavor of winter squash are a tasty addition to all your holiday menus. So whether it’s butternut or buttercup, be sure to enjoy Mary Sue and Susan’s favorite winter squash recipes.

  • A winter squash with deep color and a dull rind is your best bet for a fully ripe, flavorful squash. A shiny rind means a squash was picked too early.
  • Overgrown? No way! The longer a winter squash grows, the sweeter it becomes.
  • Winter squash should be heavy for its size with a smooth, dry rind, free of soft spots or cracks.
  • If stored in a cool (but not cold), dry place, winter squash will keep for up to three months.

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Tacos
Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauté
Kabocha and Celery Root Puree

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