High in vitamin A and also contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium 

Squash

BCfresh grows a variety of squash in the Fraser Valley. Squash are surprisingly versatile vegetables. Add cooked squash to soups, waffles, muffins, quick breads, for sweetness and extra nutrition.

CR NOTE: Squash should never be prepared whole. Always half or quarter squash before cooking.

Butternut Squash

butternut-squash
Butternut squash is the most common of the winter squash. Shaped like a pear, butternut squash has a yellow-tan rind and orange flesh.


Select:
Light tan colour
Heavy for its size
Firm rind, free of bruises or wet cuts that pierce the flesh (dried/healed cuts or splits are okay)

Local BCfresh butternut squash is available year round.

Soup
Casseroles, fritters, baked goods such as bread and muffins


Bake, roast, barbecue.

Store squash at 48˚ F / 10˚ C at 65–70% relative humidity in an unheated garage or basement or a drafty back room.

Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti-squash
This oblong squash with hard rind is known for its stringy flesh which resembles spaghetti when cooked. Spaghetti squash has a nutty taste and pairs well with the preferred pasta sauces such as tomato and pesto. After cooking, separate the strands of flesh with the tines of a fork to produce their namesake spaghetti shape.


Select:
Hard and heavy for its size
Pale, lemon-yellow rind – a few dry scars are fine and are just caused by a windy day in the field
Dry, withered stem

Local BCfresh spaghetti squash is available year round.

A tasty and low calorie alternative to spaghetti pasta


Bake, steam, braise, sauté, deep-fry, microwave.

RECIPE: BCfresh Spaghetti Squash Marinara

Store squash at 48˚ F / 10˚ C at 65–70% relative humidity in an unheated garage or basement or a drafty back room.

Acorn Squash

acorn
Acorn squash is small for a squash. When cut in half it makes to two perfect serving sizes.


Select:
Firm, clean, well-shaped squash with good color
Storing for a little while? Select one with as much green on the rind as possible
Using right away? Orange skin is okay as long as there aren’t any soft spots and the squash feels dense

Local BCfresh acorn squash is available year round.

Fritters
Baked goods such as bread and muffins


Baked, roasted, sautéed, puréed, microwaved.

Store squash at 48˚ F / 10˚ C at 65–70% relative humidity in an unheated garage or basement or a drafty back room.

Kabocha, aka Buttercup Squash

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Kabocha squash is pumpkin-shaped with dark green rind. It is sweeter, drier, and less fibrous than other winter squash. The taste is similar to sweet potatoes and it is the variety favoured by Japanese chef’s in tempura.


Select:
Firm, clean, well-shaped squash with good dark-green color
A few scars are okay as long as they are dry and healed

Local BCfresh kabocha squash is available year round.

Tempura, soup, stew
Baked goods such as bread and muffins, and pies


Bake, roast, microwave.

Store squash at 48˚ F / 10˚ C at 65–70% relative humidity in an unheated garage or basement or a drafty back room.

Recipes for Squash

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