Seasonal Squash

Seasonal Squash

From soups to side dishes, squash is a sensational seasonal ingredient that is incredibly versatile. While technically classified as a fruit, squash is known for its nutty yet mild flavor and silky smooth texture. These nutrient-dense delights are packed full of Vitamin C, and since most squash have an edible skin, they’re super easy to enjoy!

The most common kinds of squash are butternut and spaghetti, but there are many varieties to explore, especially during winter. In fact, our produce team will feature more than 10 different kinds, all of which are organic! In addition to festive holiday recipes, our stunning squashes can be used to build a festive centerpiece. Use this handy guide to learn more about our vibrant variety of seasonal squash.

Acorn Squash
The acorn squash can be recognized by its green exterior and acorn-like shape. This winter squash is rich in antioxidants, and the yellow flesh on the inside has a distinctly sweet flavor. From baking to roasting, acorn squash pairs perfectly with a little butter and brown sugar.

Butternut Squash
Fall is the season of soup, and when it comes to squash soups, butternut reigns supreme! This beloved squash is known for its rich, nutty taste. Best of all, the longer you store butternut squash, the sweeter and more flavorful it becomes.

Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is a bright yellow and orange variety that is super mild. When halved and roasted, the texture of spaghetti squash becomes stringy and thin, just like pasta! If you’re looking for a low-carb replacement, spaghetti squash is a seasonal favorite that is available from early fall through winter.

Seasonal Squash

Carnival Squash
Carnival squash is eye-catching and colorful, making it the perfect addition to a seasonal centerpiece. However, this stunning squash is just as tasty as it is beautiful. Sweet, buttery and creamy, it’s delicious with a little brown sugar or maple syrup.

Kabocha Squash
Kabocha squash is a Japanese staple. When ripe, the exterior of the kabocha squash becomes extra firm, dark green, and feels heavier than it appears. The texture is similar to roasted chestnuts, but the taste is a nostalgic blend of pumpkin and sweet potato.

Seasonal Squash

Red Kuri Squash
Similar to a pumpkin, the red kuri Squash can be recognized by its vibrant orange exterior and teardrop shape. The firm flesh is firm yet smooth, and when roasted, it becomes extra creamy and aromatic. Since “kuri” means chestnut in Japanese, it only makes sense that this squash tastes like roasted chestnuts. From soups to stews, red kuri squash is a wonderful winter addition to any holiday spread.

Sweet Dumpling Squash
Considering it’s in the name, it should come as no surprise that sweet dumpling squash is extra sweet! The taste is a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin puree, and it is delicious and delicate when roasted.

Buttercup Squash
Round, green, and gourd-like, buttercup squash is most flavorful when extra firm. It looks and tastes similar to the acorn squash, but the flesh tends to be drier. That said, steaming is a great option to add some moisture and bring out its nutty creamy goodness.

Seasonal Squash

Delicata Squash
In the mood for stuffed squash? Delicata is the perfect variety. This hard squash is long and cylindrical, featuring unique stripes of green and orange. Since it’s on the sweeter side, this flavorful squash also can be roasted and enjoyed with nothing more than a pinch of salt. Delicata squash first appear during late summer before tapering off in early winter, so be sure to get them while you can!

Honey Boat Squash
When it comes to sweetness, honey boat squash takes the cake. In fact, it is known to be one of the sweetest squash varieties. The honey boat squash looks almost identical to delicata, but can be differentiated thanks to its copper skin.

Honeynut Squash
Tiny and tasty, honeynut squash is like the mini version of butternut squash. This nutrient-dense squash might be small…but it’s super sweet! Simply roast them in the oven with some salt, pepper, and olive oil for a healthy and delicious dinner.

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