As Delicate as a Delicata (Squash)

As its name suggests, Delicata squash has a delicate rind or skin. And if you’re wondering how a squash can be user-friendly, it’s because you can eat the skin of Delicata squash, unlike other winter squash varieties! How cool is that?

Best of all, it’s delicious! Known for its ease of cooking and creamy flavor and texture, preparing Delicata squash is simple.  Just slice up, skin and all. It can be roasted, microwaved, sautéed or steamed. Not as much work as compared to a butternut squash that needs to be peeled and cut up.

The squash can also be stuffed with meat or vegetable mixtures. The seeds of the squash are also eaten, usually after being toasted.

Also known as peanut squash, Bohemian squash or sweet potato squash, Delicata squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.

Delicata was first introduced in the United States in 1894. The squash almost disappeared after the Great Depression and wasn’t widely grown due to its susceptibility to mildew diseases. This was changed in the early 2000’s, when a group at Cornell University’s Department of Plant Breeding bred a non-hybrid open pollinated variety, Cornell’s Bush Delicata. Resistant to most known squash diseases, it is now the primary commercial cultivar for this squash.

Want to try to prepare this yourself? Here are recipes for Roasted Delicata Squash from Rachel Cooks from and Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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I love Delicata Squash; thanks for the shout-out for my recipe!

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