by Sabrina Linden, Dietetic Intern
Cooler temperatures and shorter days put the rich orange, yellow, and green hues of winter squash on display. Providing vitamins A, B6, and C, and packed with antioxidants, this veggie is sure to boost immunity all season long. The yearend’s varieties differ from their summer counterpart in that they have a hardy (often still edible) exterior allowing survival through the chilling weather, and a mildly sweet interior as cozy and comforting as your favorite sweater. If you’re new to squash shopping, delicata and butternut are great options for beginners; the deeper the beige of butternut, the better. As for delicata, look for a strong yellow color with green stripes. Both cylinder shapes can be prepared with the skin intact. Veterans to these vegetables can explore the evergreen spherical versions like acorn and kabocha. And, if you’re trying to convince anyone in your household to eat more veggies, may I suggest a golden spaghetti squash- yes the inside looks just like noodles!
All in all, winter squash are one of my favorite kickoffs to fall. I encourage you to add them to your grocery list and remember, whichever you choose, make sure it’s: firm, not soft; blemish-free; dull, not shiny.
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