Squash is a fun, versatile piece of produce with several exciting varieties from which to choose!
Because of its many types, squash has the ability to transform into an array of delicious dishes. Everything from bright yellow summer squash to pale orange butternut squash is part of this gourd-based family of fruiting plants.
Facts about Squash
Did You Know?
Squash is technically a fruit, because it has seeds. But it is treated as a vegetable in culinary uses due to its savory profile.
Fall squash can actually be stored for months if properly cured. Keep cured squash in a cool, dark place in your home, such as a pantry shelf or kitchen drawer, throughout the winter months. Check them for soft spots periodically. If any appear, it’s best to use that fruit right away.
The process of allowing squash a sunny, well-circulated space to dry for about 10 days before storing. This rids the fruit of excess water.
How to Choose:
For cool weather squash such as acorn, butternut, and kabocha (similar to a pumpkin), you should select a fruit that feels heavy for its size, and whose skin is firm and unbruised.