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.