WHAT IS A BANANA SQUASH?
Coming in a range of startling colors (orange, pink and even blue), they look almost like a rugby or American football in size and shape. They’re a member of the winter squash family and are related to pumpkins. The orange flesh inside is dense with a sweet yet earthy flavor. Many chefs consider them one of the best tasting members of the squash family. You might think that squash is an ingredient for boring, old people. Not so, this is a versatile ingredient which can be used in a variety of fun ways. Try it as a savory roasted dish, whipped with maple syrup or on as the base of your pizza crust. Or you can use them as decorations! Check out this post from McSweeney’s titled “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers“.
WHY ARE BANANA SQUASHES GOOD FOR YOU?
They’re a good source of vitamins A, B, C as well as the minerals calcium and iron. And they’re a great way to include fiber in your diet.
WHEN ARE BANANA SQUASHES IN SEASON?
This is a Fall and Winter harvest vegetable. They take a little over 3 months from seed to harvest. These squash don’t handle a heavy frost well, so pick before then.
HOW SHOULD BANANA SQUASHES BE STORED?
Like with other squashes and pumpkins, store in a cool, dark and dry place. Make sure they’re clean, dry and uncut before storing. It doesn’t hurt to disinfect them with soap and water prior to remove any annoying bacteria that might ruin your squash. If storing whole in your cellar remember not to place the squash directly onto a concrete floor. Use cardboard as a buffer or store in some container that’s not airtight. They can keep for 3 to 5 months in most cases. If you want to freeze, you’re better off pureeing beforehand though you can peel, cube and freeze if your intention is to puree afterward. If already cut, refrigerate for around 7 to 10 days.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A BANANA SQUASH?
Click here to see!
DO YOU EAT BANANA SQUASH SKIN?
So this is a good question as with some squashes like the banana yes but with others no! However remember, much like with carrots or asparagus, while they are edible they’re still peeled because they’re also astringent. In general squashes that have a thin skin can be eaten, while those with a thicker skin like buttercup you’re better off peeling.