Winter Squash

See also squash.

Member of the gourd family, typified by a hard shell, starchy meat, and seeds. Squash lends itself to a wide variety of recipes, from pies and stuffed pasta to baking on its own, smothered in butter and brown sugar, or simply sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and fresh mint. The hard seeds may be cleaned and toasted for snacking, garnishes, and baking. Some winter squash are available year round, but peak supplies are found in fall and winter. Choose squash that are heavy and have a hard skin free of blemishes or mold.