Delicata Squash is an oblong oval shaped squash, about 6 to 9 inches long, cream colored with green stripes. The flesh is similar to that of an Acorn Squash, but smoother and has a nice golden color. The flavor is delicate, slightly sweet and nutty.
Delicata Squash has fairly thin skin. It does not store well and should be used within a few weeks. Keep it in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated space.
Delicata Squash is delightful when cooked with ‘Simple Cooking Method for Winter Squash’ below, served in its skin with a little butter.
It’s shape, ease to cut in half and clean also make it a nice squash to stuff.
It can also be peeled and cubed to use is stews, soups, and ragouts.
Simple Cooking Method for Winter Squash:
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Carefully slice your squash in half and scoop out the seeds. You may save the seeds for roasting or discard them into your compost or trashcan. Brush a little olive oil around the rim of the two squash halves and place cut side down in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish with 1 to 2 inches of water, wine, or broth and bake in the oven until a fork will easily pierce through the skin, about 25-45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash. Be sure to check and make sure the liquid doesn’t totally cook out of the pan. Add more if needed.
Either scoop out the flesh and serve with butter and other adornments, or enjoy by eating the flesh straight from the skin.