This was my first year growing Delicata squash. It reminds me of a striped zucchini with a hard shell. I am in love with this squash since it is easy to grow and easier to cook. Here’s the scoop about why Delicata squash should be on your table. I call it the new butternut!
My First Date with Delicata Squash.
I saw these little squashes at a farmer’s market and really liked the fact that you don’t need to take off the skin to cook it.
Why? Let me share a secret. Knives and I don’t get along.
Peelers and I can be enemies at times.
When I cook, I cut myself on a regular basis. If you ever experienced a peeler cut, then you know what I mean. Those cuts are so so painful.
Oh and That Beautiful Color and Shape.
But my love for this squash is not just confined to its no skin removal rules. Did I mention the color and shape?
I love its small shape and bright yellow color with green stripes. (I like a vegetable in stripes. Can you blame a girl?)
Plus, you can easily buy one squash for one person or several for a family.
Oh, and did I mention the inside?
It has a creamy orange color reminiscent of a butternut squash. I think they taste just like butternut.
Stop gushing Anna. It is only a squash.
I am sorry. I feel like I met this squash on eharmony since I am so in love with it.
One date and that is all it took.
(By the way, Anna. You fall for all your vegetables…)
How to Grow Delicata Squash
Yes, I have a love affair with all my vegetables. And yes, I have more pictures of them then my children.
But Delicata squash has other attributes that I love more than some of my other vegetables.
You don’t need a ton of room to grow it! I do love my vertically grown vegetables but this one grows like a bush just like zucchini.
Remember, it is still a winter squash. You need to wait until the shell of the squash is hard for winter storage. I tried one which had a soft shell and it didn’t taste very good.
The downside of my love is those darn squash vine borers think it is pretty cute too.
(Can you hear me swearing about those squash vine borers?)
I lost one early in the season and decided to plant another one in July.
And guess what?
By September, I had a bunch of Delicata squashes. Lucky me! And I was doing the happy dance.
Word to the wise–if you want these squashes to last during the winter, make sure the shell of the squash is nice and hard. I try and pierce the shell with my finger nail. If I can’t dent it, then it is ready.
PS You can buy seeds HERE. Thank me later.
How to Cook Delicata Squash:
I love roasted vegetables. Roasting Delicata squash is so easy and delicious. You can also use it to make butternut squash soup for one too!
I used three Delicata squashes for this recipe. It serves at least 6 people and stores great too.
Delicata Squash Roasting Recipe.
3 Delicata Squashes
- Cut the squash in half moons. The shell is quite hard so you are going to have to use your muscles. This squash is hard to cut!
- Coat the pieces evenly with 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 teaspoon of garlic. (I love garlic so pile it on if you love it as much as I do.)
- Add spices if you like or simply use salt and pepper.
- Lay them on a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Make sure you use the mats in the oven at the below roasting temperature.) Don’t crowd the pieces.
- Roast at 425 for 30 minutes. Then flip them every 10 minutes or so. You want the squash to evenly roast.
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