Do you know about Winter Squash? Really... do you?

November 30, 2016

 

Currently in House:

 

** GREEN ACORN ** BABY BLUE HUBBARD ** BUTTERCUP ** BUTTERNUT ** CARNIVAL ** DELICATA ** HONEYNUT ** KABOCHA - Orange & Red ** HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN ** RED KURI ** SPAGHETTI

 

I suppose there's something different about cooking for your loved ones rather than restaurant guests. Either way, I believe those in our industry have a keen understanding of what Harvest Season and Thanksgiving is all about. The sharing of culinary knowledge - whether it's techniques in farming, storage, or preparation - is innate to Chefs and Farmers alike. One of the best examples we still have today from the early-American harvest celebrations is the hearty and colorful Winter Squash, all from the Cucurbita Family. Winter Squash is uniquely AMERICAN; so much so that the earliest natives on this continent gave them the honor of being one of the Three Sisters, along with corn and beans. Without this trinity, some ancient people could not have survived. Winter squash is low-calorie, yet a great source for other nutrition - vitamin A, C, fiber, potassium, and manganese just to name a few. My personal favorite is Red Kuri. It makes the best pies, and the skin is so tender you don't have to worry about peeling. Other "soft" Winter varieties with edible skin are Delicata, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival and Acorn. Looking for something different this year? Check out the adorable Honeynut (think small, darker and sweeter butternut) or the Baby Blue Hubbard. You've probably seen the huge 30lb monsters out there, but these baby hubbards are just the right size with the same beautiful coloration. Give us a call if you have questions on what's in house. We'll be bringing in new varieties all Winter long, so give an ancient colorful fruit a try!

 

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