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Delicata Squash


This winter squash hails from a different season but is still a  member of the summer squash family-others including zucchinis and patty pans.

Appearance & Flavor

These small to medium-sized squashes are narrow and long with grooved skin. The skin is thin and smooth with a whiteish yellow base, and you may see green or orange stripes. The orange-yellow colored flesh is thick and firm. The hollow center houses a stringy pulp in which you’ll find hard, flat seeds. Delicatas taste similar to sweet potatoes when they are cooked. Chose squashes that are heavy and firm-with no wrinkles or soft spots insight.

Ways to Enjoy

If you are a pizza lover searching for a healthier alternative,  consider making your own delicata pizza!  They have such a thin skin that you can leave it on while you’re preparing it. Try baking, boiling, roasting, and sautéing your delicatas. They hold their shape throughout the cooking process, so they would work well stuffed. Or, toss them into all sorts of pasta, soups, and salads.

Availability & Origin

Available from fall to early winter, delicatas are primarily grown in California, though some are produced in the Northwest.


When whole, they can be stored for several months in a cool, dark place. After being cut, however, they will last about a week in an air-tight container.