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5 New Squash to Try This Season

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Butternut - check! Green Acorn - check! Sugar Pie Pumpkin- check!

Squash season is upon us and I’m sure all of you home cooks out there have either a) already cooked with butternut squash or b) plan to. There are a few varieties of squash that we’re very familiar with, but there are many more varieties that not only make for a great ornamental gourd, but taste fantastic in both sweet and savoury dishes! 

Here’s 5 of our organic squash that you should try this fall!

Carnival Squash, Cookstown Greens, Organic Produce

CARNIVAL
Description: Firm, dry flesh. Sweet, nutty and buttery flavour.
Uses: It can be steamed, boiled or sautéed though best when roasted (to achieve its optimal flavour and texture).
Pairs well with: Apple, butter and spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper and herbs such as thyme.

Roasted Maple Walnut Carnival Squash
Carnival Squash with Apples and Thyme

White Acorn Squash, Cookstown Greens, Organic ProduceWHITE ACORN
Description: Pale yellowish-gold flesh is mild and sweet, with a smooth, delicate texture.
Uses: Ideal for use in sweet preparations but can be utilized in a variety of savoury dishes as well. They can be roasted, broiled, grilled or baked, pureed and added to soups, risotto, curries and baked goods. Cut in half and stuff for individual servings.
Pairs well with: Citrus, apple, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, chili powder, robust cheeses, fresh herbs, butter, bacon, brown or black rice, dried berries and sausage.

White Acorn Squash Honey Custard
Acorn Squash Cookies


Buttercup Squash, Cookstown Greens, Organic ProduceBUTTERCUP

Description: It’s dry, smooth textured and deep-orange flesh offers a sweet and mild flavour, similar to that of a sweet potato.
Uses: Great when baked, steamed or roasted. Cooked flesh can be pureed and used as a filling for pies and ravioli or added to soups, risottos, sauces and curries.
Pairs well with: Hard cheeses, apple, nuts, brown sugar, ground beef, lentils, cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh herbs such as sage, cilantro, chives and parsley

Savory Buttercup Squash Soup With Sage
Curry Roasted Buttercup Squash

Potimarron Squash, Cookstown Greens, Organic ProducePOTIMARRON / RED KURI
Description: Its creamy yellow flesh offers a smooth texture and sweet flavour that is reminiscent of chestnuts
Uses: Great when roasted. Add cooked squash to soups, risotto, stews, and curries. Grate flesh and bake into gratins or casseroles. Pureed squash can also be used in sweet preparations such as bread pudding, pies, muffins, and tarts.
Pairs well with: Onion, bay leaf, fresh herbs, curry, cumin, coriander, roasted fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, leeks, dried cranberries, white beans, mustard greens, maple syrup, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

The Elegant Red Kuri Squash in a Hearty Winter Green Casserole
Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Tart Cherries


Blue Hubbard squash, Cookstown Greens, Organic ProduceBLUE HUBBARD
Description: Golden yellow, fine grained, and dense flesh. Tender and starchy with a rich and semi-sweet squash flavour similar to that of cooked pumpkin.
Application: Roast, boil or steam. Great for baking. Can be used in recipes wherever pumpkin or butternut squash is called for.
Pairs well with: White beans, cinnamon, nutmeg, curry, brown sugar, maple syrup, ginger, clove, chipotle, toasted walnuts, chard, kale, leek, fennel, shallot, sage, apple, pear, sausage, ground beef, pork, and cheeses such as mascarpone, parmesan.

Hubbard Squash Coffee Cake
Grandma's Sweet Hubbard Squash Custard Pie

Take a look at all 19 varieties that we've grown this year and suggested uses!

Happy Cooking and/or baking!

Product information from specialtyproduce.com


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