Delicata squash on the menu

Delightful, delicious, de-lovely delicata!  If you say you don’t like squash, maybe it’s because you haven’t tried delicata yet.
Delicata squash are cream colored with green stripes, oblong, and small, just around 6 inches long. The interior flesh is paler yellow than other hard squashes, and it tastes a bit like sweet potato. An heirloom  variety introduced around 1891, delicata is sometimes referred to as sweet potato squash, peanut squash or Bohemian squash.

Although in the winter squash family, this native of North and Central America, belongs to the same species as zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers, and so unlike other winter squash species, the skin of delicata is tender and edible. Yay, no peeling! This tender skin reduces the storage time compared to hard varieties such as butternut or acorn. Hence, it’s a great candidate to preserve for longer term by freezing.


This year we freezer preservationists were able to give delicata a try. Locavorious  partnered with Ann Arbor Seed Company to get organically grown, delicious delicatas that weren’t used for their seed production. We’ve previously scored A2 Seed Co’s “leftover” butternut squash and that was a hit. Hopefully after trying this season’s delicata, we’ll  all agree for yet another name for it: Even-better-than-butternut squash.

Locavorious members who signed up for our Classic Share will get this sweet, organic delicata in January. A limited quantity of locally grown frozen delicata squash rings will also be available at both Argus stores in the coming months.



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