There is something very autumnal about squash, their vibratant and enticing colours remind me of how the veg stalls come alive with colour at this time of year. The variety of squashes available is quite vast. Everything about them is quite outlandish, from their peculiar shapes and textures to their diverse colours and patterns.
Even the names are a little out of the ordinary. Names such as; Cinderella, Sugar Pie, Jack Be Little, Cha Cha Kabocha and Carnival are to name but a few.
Weird and wonderful
If you find that you can’t find any of these weird and wonderfuls, butternut squash and pumpkin are more than worthy. In contrast to a summer squash, which have thinner skins and a much shorter storage life, autumn or winter squash have a much thicker skin and can be stored, if kept in optimal conditions, cool, out of sunlight, sat on a breathable surface, for several months.
It should also be noted that some of the smaller, more colourful varieties are often refered to as decorative squash as they are nice to look at but relatively inedible, mainly due to thier rock hard skins and minimal flesh within.