Fresh Idea: Pumpkins And Winter Squash

News — By on March 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Thought to have originated in South America, pumpkins and winter squash, members of the gourd family, have been eaten for centuries. The Maori ate gourds baked in the hangi before Europeans came. There are lots of different varieties available and while they vary in taste and texture, most can be used interchangeably in recipes. Butternut squash have a creamy beige skin and an elongated cylindrical shape with a bulb at one end. They have orange flesh and a sweet flavour. Spaghetti squash are pale yellow, about 20-30cm long and have a light yellow flesh. Either bake whole or cut into quarters and steam. Once cooked, spaghetti squash can be scooped out and incorporated into recipes and used like pasta. They usual…

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