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With so many varieties to choose from. Squash has become one of the popular fruits (yes, fruits) to eat. Use it as a side dish or make it the main event, here’s what you need to know about the versatile squash.
Although squash is considered a vegetable, they technically are a fruit because of the fact they contain the seeds of the plants. There are several varieties are divided into winter and summer.
How does it Grow?
Summer squash is very easy to grow and produces huge yields. It needs full sun, warm temps and steady moisture. Winter squash such as butternut and acorn are grown in summer for a fall harvest.
Different Types of Squash
There are so many types of squash. Winter squash varieties include acorn, banana squash, butternut, and buttercup. Summer squash varieties include zucchini, patty pan, straightneck, zephyr, and cousa.
Did you know that many squash of the gourd variety were grown to be used as containers? Also squashes are commonly made into candies in Latin America. Those are just a couple of fun facts about the squash. Here are some healthy facts!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup
Here’s a soup that is packed full of nutrients and vitamins. It has a coconuts which is full of anti aging properties. Creamy and tasy, this soup is perfect on a cold day.
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
This yummy dish is packed full of fiber and a perfect replacement for pasta. It’s low in calories and the spaghetti squash has a mild, sweet flavor that works perfectly with the tomato sauce and cheese.
Butternut Squash Cajun Fries
These fries are probably even better than sweet potato fries. Simply cut up the butternut squash into strips, add cajun seasoning and olive oil and bake them on a wire rack at 400 degree for 20 minutes. The results are excellent.
Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
One of the best things about the squash is the fact that you can pretty much eat the entire plant. Zucchini blossoms are no exception. Stuff these with ricotta cheese, mint and season with salt and pepper and lemon zest. Fry them in a beer batter and you have the best appetizers ever!
Summer Squash Casserole
Here’s a way to use up a lot of that leftover summer squash. You can use whatever summer squash you have such as zucchini or yellow squash. This also includes, eggs, milks, butter, shallots, bread crumbs, grated cheese along with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and dinner is served.
Acorn Squash with Apple Pear Filling
You can fill acorn squash with just about anything. This has pears, apples, and a currant filling. Oh among the ingredients is rum! This only takes about 15 minutes to bake and it’s simply delicious. Great side dish.
Baked Zucchini Chips
Zucchini Chips have a light nutty flavor. It’s a taste similar to pumpkin seeds. Coat the zucchini chips in Olive Oil, season with salt, pepper and Za’atar seasoning (Greek seasoning). Bake at 225 degress for 45 to 50 minutes and have a chip!
Baked Summer Squash
This is so easy that it’s a sin. You can use any summer squash, along with olive oil, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs along with salt and pepper. Cut the squash into rounds and add the ingredients and bake for 30 minutes covered and another 5 minutes uncovered. So good!