What You Need to Know About Winter Squash

Green Acorn

Pretty well known, a little dry. Tastes best with brown sugar and margarine. We prefer some of the other varieties.

Butternut

The variety we grow is an improved type for better taste and a smaller seed cavity. Fairly moist and sweet.

Green Kabocha

Sweet, nutty, dry, Fred's favorite (figures).

Blue Hubbard

The classic New England squash, Grandma's favorite. Excellent flavor, a little on the dry side.

Buttercup

Northeast classic. Rich, moist, flavorful. Mary's favorite.

Red Hubbard

Much like the Blue, but a little moist.

Spaghetti

When cooked the flesh has a "spaghetti" appearance. Some can be quite bland, but ours has a richer flavor.

Storage

The ideal temperature range is 50- 55 degrees. Although not necessary, you may want to wipe the fruit off with a very light bleach solution to kill impending bacteria or fungal infections. Check often for soft spots and use those fruit as soon as possible. We have kept squash under these conditions through late February. (March into April really but nobody quite believes that)

Cooking

Cut into halves or quarters depending on size. Scoop out seeds. Bake like you would a baked potato, wrapping in foil if you prefer. Bake at 350 degrees until tender, depending on piece size you can figure 60 to 90 minutes.

Freezing

Cooked squash may be frozen for later use. Simply place in freezer Ziploc. Remember to date and label the bags.

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