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Delectable Delicata

Can you believe it's already November? That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it always makes me crave all those yummy warm foods like mashed potatoes, soup, and fresh-baked pies.

I also crave baked winter squash, and delicata is my absolute favorite since it's the sweetest. It tastes like sweet potato, but looks more like a zucchini.

It's so creamy and yummy, and the best part? You can even eat the skin because it's so thin (but not everybody likes it). Delicata is a great source of potassium, iron, and vitamins A and C.

When you buy delicata squash, look for hard, deep-colored skins that are free from bruises or soft spots. You can buy a bunch and store them in a cool, preferably dark, well-ventilated area for up to a month. They're great to have around the house when you're in the mood for something warm and sweet.

Want to know how I like to cook it? Then

Here's a basic recipe for baked delicata:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Wash the squash well and cut lengthwise in half. Scoop out all the seeds and stringy pulp with a spoon.
  • Place both halves in a pan, cut side up, pop in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes or until the yellow flesh is soft.
  • Serve warm and enjoy.

Fit's Tips: If you're in an extra sweet mood, you can sprinkle brown sugar or maple syrup on the uncooked squash before baking it (but I think it's sweet enough on its own).

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nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I like to cook it mash it then freeze it. Throw it into baked goods like muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc. Its tasty and very healthy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not for me...
haute77 haute77 8 years
i can't believe one of my friend's friend was a delicata squash for halloween!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
I've never tried or even heard of delicata, but I do like squash. I'll ask my parents to looks for this at the store.
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm loving squash lately too...although I've never had the kind you mention. I'll have to keep my eye out for it next time I'm at Whole Foods.
vanessa_j vanessa_j 8 years
i cant wait until the farmers market here. so yummy. thanks for the info..
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It looks really yummy, but I've never seen it at the store. Is it a specialty item? If I do find them, I'll buy them and try them!
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