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Squash - Heirloom Winter

squash-delicata-thumbDel Rio Botanicals, the Produce Express Farm is once again offering many varieties of heirloom winter squashes to our restaurant customers. Most of us are quite familiar with the standard varieties of winter squash-Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Banana, Kabocha and Pumpkins. The winter squashes from Del Rio represent an effort to reintroduce, showcase and thus preserve these heirloom varieties. Del Rio winter squash vary in size, shape, weight and flavor and are meant to be used in the same manner as the more traditional varieties-in salads, soups and appetizers, roasted, baked or pureed as a starch or vegetable accompanying an entree- basically, anyway you would use butternut squash. Using butternut squash as a benchmark, the flavor of these squashes are different. Consider butternut squash to be sweet and sugary-the heirloom squashes have distinctive flavors with varying degrees of sugar, starch and texture. The easiest way to deal with Del Rio winter squash is to order a 20-40 pound case of a particular variety and start cooking.

Squash - Amish Pie

Squash - Amish Pie

Pale orange, firm moist thick flesh, great for baking.

Squash - Buttercup

Squash - Buttercup

Buttercup squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash with a turban-shape (a flattish top and dark green skin).

Squash - Guatemala Blue

Squash - Guatemala Blue

8-10 pounds. Dark blue with light stripes, golden yellow flesh, rich flavor with creamy texture.

Squash - Kentucky Sweet Potato

Squash - Kentucky Sweet Potato

8-15 pounds.  Large squash with thick neck and classic bowl shape at the bottom.

Squash - Long Island Cheese

Squash - Long Island Cheese

6-8 pounds.  The coloring and shape suggest a wheel of cheese and it was popular in New York and New Jersey

Squash - Musque de Provence

Squash - Musque de Provence

Ribbed, flat, tan squash weighing 8-10 pounds with large seed cavity.

Squash - Papaya

Squash - Papaya

An incredibly smooth and thick fleshed, sweet and nutty flavored papaya shaped squash that is gorgeous and vibrant yellow.

Squash - Queensland Blue

Squash - Queensland Blue

Turbine shaped, deep golden flesh, fine texture with rich, sweet flavor.

Squash - Rampicante

Squash - Rampicante

4-6 pounds with 10-14 inch long x 2 inch wide seedless necks.

Squash - Tahitian Melon

Squash - Tahitian Melon

A large squash, 10-15# with thick, curved neck and large base or bulb, containing all the seeds.