‘Tis the season for squash!
This is the time of year when winter squashes flood our farmers markets and grocery stands, delighting us with bright colors and fun shapes.
If you’re not already making winter squashes part of your diet, it’s time to start. Squash is a nutrient dense food, known to support bone health, respiratory wellness, blood sugar regulation and strong eyes, among other benefits!
We all know squashes like pumpkins and butternuts, but there are many more squashes with delicious flavor and high nutrient levels to try this winter! Keep reading to discover several lesser known winter squashes, their unique flavors and suggestions for cooking.
1. Banana Squash
This long, thin squash has an have orange, pink, or blue skin and features firm, brilliant orange flesh. When cooked, banana squash has a rich, sweet, earthy taste that’s great for roasting, or adding to soups and stews.
2. Delicata Squash
Sometimes referred to as a “sweet potato squash,” this small cylindrical squash has yellow-colored, edible skin with green stripes. The orange flesh you’ll find inside has a flavor very similar to (you guessed it!) sweet potatoes, and is great when sautéed or stuffed.
3. Kabocha Squash
Dark-green and bumpy, this squash is often referred to as a Japanese pumpkin. The kabocha squash’s flesh is remarkably sweet with a nice nutty flavor, and texture that’s similar to a blend of sweet potato and pumpkin. Try it roasted or in your favorite stew!
4. Sweet Dumpling Squash
This adorable little squash is pale in color with bright orange to dark green stripes. The flesh is starchy and sweet, with a flavor that’s reminiscent of roasted corn. The sweet dumpling is often considered a “single serving” squash and is perfect for stuffing.
5. Turban Squash
This exotic-looking squash has a bumpy exterior that can range in color from mottled green to orange and yellow. Use it in any recipes that call for butternut, acorn or other winter squash. Hollowed out, it also makes a festive soup tureen!