In Season: Similar to other types of winter squash such as pumpkins and acorn squash, butternut squash are at their best from early fall through winter.What to Look For: Butternut squash have a hard, light-tan rind and a golden-orange flesh. They range in size from 6 to 12 inches long and weigh between 2 and 5 pounds; choose one that feels heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and uniform in color with a matte surface.How to Store: This hardy squash can be kept for up to three months in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.
In Season: Acorn squash is at its peak from October through December, though many supermarkets carry it year-round.What to Look For: With its ridged, dark-green skin, sweet yellow-orange flesh, and handy size, acorn squash is one of the most popular winter squashes. Choose acorn squash that is heavy for its size, with a hard skin free of blemishes.How to Store: The squash's sturdy exterior allows it to be stored at room temperature for up to one month, or longer if kept in a cool, dark place.
Farmers' markets packed with gourds and grocery-store shelves lined with canned pumpkin puree are telltale signs that Thanksgiving is near. We have a host of pumpkin desserts, including classic pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and puddings.