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GOOD STUFF TO KNOW WINTER SQUASH

Winter Squash will see you through the winter doldrums with intense color and power packs of nutrition! You’ve come to the right place for yours, because studies show that organically grown winter squash is best for you, since it picks up soil’s contaminates quite readily if grown from less-desirable dirt. Packed with carotenoids (a group of antioxidants causing the intense pigmentation that you associate with carrots, and cause folks who consume them regularly dodge illnesses more than non-eaters), winter squash also is high in carbohydrates with anti-inflammatory properties, as well as insulin-regulating and anti-diabetic traits. So get those snow-shoes out, because you’re going to relish those brisk, snowy days with a hand from Winter Squash!

STORAGE TIPS

Winter squash likes it dry and kind of cool, but not cold. At home, we store ours in the pantry, hanging in one of those wire baskets to allow for air flow. Squashes like butternut and acorn store better than delicata and red kuri, so it’s best to save those for last.

RECIPES

Braised Apples, Roasted Acorn Squash & Fresh Thyme
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
Butternut Squash & Pancetta Pie
Butternut Squash Oven Fries
Butternut Squash Pie
Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Sage
Butternut Squash Vindaloo
Cheesy Potato Squash Soup
Cream-Braised Mélange of Winter Squash
Delicata Soup with Roasted Chickpeas
Delicata Squash Delight
Ginger Squash Soup
Greens & Bean Stuffed Winter Squash
Kale & Squash Gratin
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Squash
Mexican Delicata Squash and Black Bean Casserole
Poblano & Smoked Gouda Stuffed Delicata Squash
Quinoa and Kale Stuffed Butternut Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Herbs
Roasted Delicata Squash
Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Rosemary
Roasted Squash with Collards
Roasted Veggies with Garlic Sauce
Spicey Quinoa Filling for Stuffed Peppers & Summer Squash
Spicy Maple Roasted Delicata Squash
Squash and Kale Soup
Squash and Sweet Potato Curry Perfection
Squash Feta Casserole
Squash Soup
Squash Soup with Thyme & Sumac
Squash with Herbs
Thai Curry Squash Soup
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Nut Bread
Winter Squash and Kale Quesadillas
Winter Squash Lasagna
Winter Squash, Endive and Wild Rice Salad

Cooking & Eating Tips

Generally, you’ll want to scoop out the goop before eating winter squash. But hold onto those seeds for a tasty, healthy treat–separate the seeds from the flesh, clean them, and toast in the oven or on the stove in a dry pan, tossing regularly (careful not to burn them!). You can roast winter squash after halving it, or cut into cubes and bake them. Or you can boil, and even microwave it. In the Driftless area, some of the fun restaurants will serve winter squash as a pseudo-“bisque,” or creamy, highly seasoned pureéd soup.