Seasonal Produce: Winter Squash
A member of the gourd family, squash is native to North and South America. This versatile vegetable is available in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes and is divided into two main categories: summer squash and winter squash. Harvested when mature, winter squash are characterized by hard, thick, inedible rinds and a distinctive flavor. Their dark-yellow to orange flesh is denser than summer squash and requires longer cooking. They are in peak season from September through March. Acorn, butternut, pumpkin and spaghetti squash are the most popular varieties of winter squash. Use them in soups, stews, breads and desserts.