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In Season: Acorn Squash

Everyday Food, November 2007

Cool-Weather Color
With its ridged, dark-green skin, sweet yellow-orange flesh, and handy size, acorn squash is one of the most popular winter squashes. It's also a good source of vitamin C, iron, fiber, and thiamin. Remove the seeds but enjoy the skin, which is edible and tender when cooked.

Sugar and Spice
Acorn squash's buttery taste pairs well with sweet, spicy, and savory ingredients alike, from dried fruit and pork to chili powder and garlic. Stuff seeded halves as a vegetarian main, or bring out the squash's velvety texture by mashing it for a side dish or pureeing into silky soup.

Buying and Storing
Choose acorn squash that is heavy for its size, with a hard skin free of blemishes. 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.

Acorn Squash Bisque
Chili-Roasted Acorn Squash
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