info: Squash are a gourd vegetable in the same family as pumpkin and zucchini. Winter squash has a sweet flavor and a dry, smooth texture. An excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium.
storage: Store uncut & unwashed in a dark, well-ventilated, cool place. Will keep for several weeks.
preparation: Cut in half & remove stem. Remove seeds, pulp, and stringy portion. Cut into small pieces and peel.
You can steam, boil, or roast winter squash. It also makes a good addition to many soups & stews.
Squash may be the catalytic plant that graduated ancient peoples from hunter / gatherer to grower. Remnants of Curcurbita seed found in caves in Ecuador prove to be 12,000 years old. This predates the previously known dawn of agriculture by hundreds of years and the advent of cultivated corn by 2,000.
But why squash? They say the large fruits of wild squash were easy to find. They offered flesh, nutritious seed, edible flowers and even containers. The first ceramic pots were formed to resemble commonly used vessels made from a hard-shell squash known as gourd. …read more