Every fall farmer’s markets fill up with different varieties of winter squash, some of which look very unusual and intimidating to cook. However, even the most intimidating varieties of winter squash have a wonderful taste, which is why you shouldn’t let the appearance of a squash get in your way of trying it. While you may be familiar with butternut squash and acorn squash, there are so many more different types of squash to taste.
1. Kabocha Squash
Kabocha squash is also known as Japanese pumpkin, and it is one of the varieties of winter squash that many people love. It is a round squash that has a dark green skin. It also has a wonderfully rich, sweet flavor when it is cooked. This squash is so delicious, you may find yourself eating it on its own without adding anything to it.
2. Hubbard Squash
While the name of the hubbard squash may remind you of a nursery rhyme, it is still a squash that you should try this fall. Hubbard squashes are very large, and they have dark green or pale blue-grey skin. Once you get passed their large size and thick skin, you will be able to taste this delightful squash, which has a very nice pumpkin flavor.
3. Delicata Squash
Delicata squash are long squash that are pale yellow with dark green stripes. Their skin is thinner than most winter squash, which means these squash can’t be stored as long. It also means that once cooked, the skin is edible! Whether or not you eat the skin is up to you, but the flesh of delicata squash has a delicious flavor that is sweet, nutty, and a little reminiscent of corn.
4. Sweet Dumpling Squash
Sweet dumpling squash looks similar to acorn squash, but it has pale green flesh and dark green stripes. It is a small squash that is easy to handle. You will appreciate that it is easy to cut and cook with because it has a tender flesh that sweet.
5. Turban Squash
Turban squash have a very odd appearance that can be intimidating. They have bumpy skin and a protrusion at the top that makes them look like they are wearing turbans. They come in a range of colors, including vibrant orange. Because of the vibrant colors and odd appearance, turban squash are often used as decorations. However, they taste great and can be added to soups and stews.
6. Banana Squash
Banana squash have pale skin and are quite long and heavy. On average, these squash weigh 10 pounds, and they can be up to 2 to 3 feet long! Don’t let their large size intimidate you, though. These squash are worth the extra effort they take to cook because they taste so wonderful.
7. Carnival Squash
Carnival squash are a hybrid of sweet dumpling squash and acorn squash. As a result, they are small squash with orange skin and dark green stripes. Carnival squash also have a fantastic flavor. They are sweet and taste similar to sweet potatoes.
Next time you see an unusual squash at the farmer’s market, be sure to grab it so you can try it. Every variety of winter squash has its own unique flavor, but they are all somewhat sweet, and they can all be roasted in the oven. What is your favorite variety of winter squash?