We all know a pumpkin when we see one and butternut squash is now as normal as swede in the veg aisle. But what about the other squashes on display at this time of year?
Go beyond the jack-o’-lantern and get to know this fabulous seasonal treat. We’ve squashed in all the info right here!
Your guide to gourds
From the big, orange pumpkin to the tiny gem, squashes come in all shapes and sizes. As they’re in season, we’re talking winter squash here. No, not warm cordial but the group that counts pumpkin and butternut in its camp.
With a certain witch-and-treat filled holiday on the horizon, you’ll notice more types of squash in the supermarket. Coquina, kabocha and spaghetti are just a few of the seasonal squashes you might see on offer.
But before you whip out a squash index, hold up. While they do all taste a bit different (some nutty, some sweeter), many varieties can be swapped for each other in recipes. So don’t stress about finding an acorn squash when butternut will do.
How to handle them
With armour-like skins and seed-filled insides, prepping a squash can feel like an epic battle. But arm yourself with a sharp knife, a spoon and a damp tea towel and it’s one you’re sure to win. Here’s how.
If you’re roasting squash, there’s even better news – peeling after roasting is waay easier. And some need zero peeling, as their softer skins get even softer when cooked. Phew.
Here’s a great tip – don’t bin pumpkin seeds, try roasting them for a tasty snack instead.
Eats and treats
This sausage, chicken and squash traybake is chock-full of flavour from the thyme, wine and maple. And this pan-fried squash pasta is just the autumn comfort food we’re looking for. Use a veggie pan delicious and nutritious results.
With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, get your carving plans in the bag. Let’s be honest, it’s the reason most of us purchase pumpkins in the first place.
If sculpting veg just isn’t your thing, cheat your way to treat-worthy displays with these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.
Even if you did just buy that pumpkin for Halloween related reasons, we hope these tips and recipes help you enjoy it all the more.