A Fall Treat
great Northwest you have the Sasquash, summer squash, and winter squash.
In our rich volcanic soils, summer squash and winter squash grow extremely
well and we are lucky to have them so plentiful.
squash is eaten early in an immature state and is divided into four
groups: crookneck, straightneck, scallop, and zucchini. Summer squash
is great eaten raw, steamed, sautéed, or added to any pasta sauce
or soup. I love them breaded and deep-fried. I have to admit squash
is one of my most favorite summer crops.
the season come the winter squashes. Harvested in autumn, they can be
kept for months thanks to their thick, hard shells. Besides their later
harvest date, winter squash also differs from their summer cousins in
that usually only the flesh is eaten. They range in flavors from very
mild to distinctly nutty, with varying degrees of sweetness. Winter
squash includes many incredible varieties including the pumpkin. Did
you know winter squash is primarily a New World vegetable? The vegetable
responsible for preventing the starvation of the pilgrims during their
first winter in America was the pumpkin. America owes a lot to winter
are some of my favorites:
Squash: The lovely buff exterior covers a rich, sweet salmon-colored
flesh. The tough shells make them ideal for long-term storage if kept
in a dark, dry, cool spot all winter. Nothing is more delicious than
butternuts split down the middle, then drizzled with a bit of maple
syrup and baked until tender.
Squash: Also called sweet potato squash. The skin is creamy white
with dark green striation along the ribs. The dark orange flesh is sweet
and rich, fine-textured and dry. It is excellent for baking. Cut it
lengthwise and lightly rub it with olive oil.
Squash: Hubbards come in green or baby blue and both types are excellent.
The meat is thick and rich and finely grained with rich, sweet golden
Spaghetti Squash: Spaghetti squash is a large oval fruit that is
light yellow to cream in color. When fully cooked the flesh is sweet,
light and buttery, the perfect foundation for fresh tomato sauce, or
your favorite pasta sauce. The flesh is also stringy and looks like
spaghetti when you scoop it out.
Red Kuri Winter Squash: From the West comes this teardrop-shaped
winter squash with brilliant crimson-orange skin. The flesh is dry,
meaty, and sweet, and they average five to seven pounds. Red kuris are
perfect for one meal, since each squash serves two to four people nicely.
The seed cavity is ideal for stuffing.
It is becoming one of the more appreciated winter squashes. The sweet
dumpling is a wonderful name for this squash. It is small, about three
to four inches and has a globe shape. It is a creamy ivory white, green
striped squash. Weighing only about seven ounces, it has sweet and tender
orange flesh and is a great size for stuffing and baking as individual
servings. It stores well for up to four months.
or Danish Squash: This deeply furrowed squash with dark-green skin
and pale orange to yellow flesh is one of my favorite baking squashes.
Slice it into halves and fill it with butter and honey, then sprinkle
it with cinnamon and nutmeg for a warming delicious treat. There is
a white and orange acorn variety.
squash is an excellent source of vitamin A, and a very good source of
vitamin C, folate, and other B vitamins (except B12), potassium, and
fiber. Orange-fleshed varieties are particularly excellent sources of
beta-carotene. They are cholesterol free, low in fat and calories and
very low in sodium. The deeper the orange color, the bigger the dose!
Our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is essential for
healthy skin, vision, and bone development and maintenance. Winter squashes
are one of the most nutritious vegetables, rivaling cabbage, carrots,
potatoes, and spinach.
comes to warm, nourishing foods, winter squash is on the top my list.
With so many varieties, each with its own look, taste, and texture,
winter squash offers much more than ornamental value. So as the weather
turns colder and the holidays approach, its a great time to explore
natures bounty of winter squash. They are an incredible value
for the money. Decorate your table with winter squash, then eat and
enjoy your wonderful decorations.
Paul, along with his wife Calla, owns Uncle Pauls European
Style Open Air Produce Market,
2310 SE Hawthorne