The winter squash that we received from Mesa Top Farm yesterday is called delicata. It is one of the smaller winter varieties with the average weight at one pound. The oblong shaped vegetable is creamy yellow with distinct green stripes. Inside it has a buttery texture and has the faintest taste of sweet corn. Delicata squash is full of potassium, iron, Vitamins A and C. It is also known as potato squash, a sweet potato squash or a Bohemian squash.
From the What’s Cooking America website, I learned that it is an heirloom variety that was lost for years because it did not have the thick skin to store over the winter. Delicata will store at room temperature for about 4 weeks. If you have a root cellar or lower temperature, it can store for 7 or 8 months.
Here are some great ways to enjoy your squash. Send me your tips and recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hetager, CSA Blogger
Roasted Delicata Squash with White Beans, Greens & Sage
From Eggs on Sunday Blog
Spicy Squash Soup
From the Old Fashioned Living Blog
This blog has some of the basic ways to prepare winter squash, such as roasting or boiling with potatoes for a puree. The spice in the soup is cajun seasoning.
Squash Scone Recipe
From the Recipe Tips Website
The website describes them with an earthy flavor of squash in the light and flaky scones. Enjoy them with coffee or tea as a delicious alternative to sweet scones or serve them with an autumn harvest supper instead of the usual bread, rolls, or biscuits.