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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.