fbpx

ideal-LIVING
Retirement Blog

Dr. Leonard Perry,
Extension Professor University of Vermont

Winter Squash - Acorn Squash - Butternut Squash - Pumpkins - Gourds Versatile, variety, and nutritious are all adjectives that can be used for winter squash. Whether you grew your own, or buy them from local farmers and markets, consider putting some up for winter. With proper storage of squash, you’ll benefit from their fresh flavors for months—often until next spring– as well as the nutrition of these vegetables.

Although winter squash has the same calories roughly as potatoes, it has more than twice the potassium. Winter squash provides various vitamins such as A, B6 and C, fiber, and minerals that may reduce the risk of certain cancers. These squash are a good source of anti-inflammatory nutrients needed for a strong immune system, such as omega 3’s and beta-carotene.

Winter squash store well, such as in a cool room or basement, which stays around 50 to 55 degrees (F). Acorn squash can store 3 to 4 months, other winter squashes can last up to 6 months or more.

So just what are winter squash, and all the types you may find? They’re one of the two major group of squashes, the other being summer squashes like yellow and zucchini. They’re so named as they’re harvested later—early fall around the time of first frost—and last well into and through winter. They’re one of the few vegetables native to North America, and have been grown as one of the “three sisters” by native peoples along with corn and beans.

Squashes are in the cucurbit family, related to cucumbers, melons, and gourds. Among the three main winter squash species, there are at least a dozen main types you may find.

Acorn are one of the most common winter squashes, medium size with an acorn shape, ridges, and dull green rind. Acorn squashes that have turned orange will have tough and fibrous flesh inside. It has a mild flavor, good for soups, baking, and stuffing.

Buttercup is similar in size to the acorn, only more squat with smooth dark green rind with some pale streaking. Some varieties may have a small bump on top, as it is a type of “turban” squash (see below). Its distinctive circular ridge on the bottom sets it apart from the similar “kabocha” squash (see below). Cooked, its flesh is mild and somewhat dry.

Butternut is another of the more commonly seen and used winter squashes, having a distinctive elongated pear shape—long neck and bulbous base– with tan rind. The flesh has a sweet and nutty flavor, and is bright yellow-orange. Similar to the acorn, roast it, mash it, or make into soup. It’s easier to deal with cutting the neck from the base, and handling each separately. To remove the hard rind, use a vegetable peeler once it is roasted.

Carnival squash is a cross between Sweet Dumpling (see below) and acorn squashes, and is similar in size and shape. It is light in color, white and yellow, with ridges. Use it similar to acorn or butternut squash.

Delicata is often called a “sweet potato squash” as it has a similar consistency when cooked, and similarly is sweet but more “earthy”. It is small, oblong, and pale yellow with green stripes. The thin skin makes it easily bruised, but also makes it edible. Use as you would a sweet potato, or simply cut in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast with olive oil and salt.

Hubbard is one of the larger squashes, noted for its size, teardrop shape, blue-gray rind and bumpy surface. It is good roasted, and sometimes is used as a vegetarian turkey substitute at Thanksgiving. The flesh has a pumpkin flavor.

Kabocha is a Japanese type of winter squash (this being the generic name for squash in Japanese), similar to the buttercup in appearance and coming in green or red. The deep yellow flesh is flaky but sweet, good roasted or baked with plenty of butter or oil.

Pumpkins are well-known, and come in sizes from tiny decorative ones to the giant ones you see at fairs and competitions. Keep in mind the ones for carving generally lack flavor, while the Sugar Pie ones have the sweet, pumpkin flavor good in pies, soups, or roasted. The squat and colorful French heirlooms are both sweet and ornamental.

Red Kuri is another Japanese squash, similar to a small Hubbard only with a red-orange rind and so is sometimes called a red Hubbard. The yellow flesh has a flavor resembling chestnuts, and is good roasted or the squash split and stuffed.

Spaghetti squash is light yellow, large, and oblong. Once the flesh is cooked, run a fork through it to make long “strings” that resemble spaghetti. In fact it makes a healthy alternative to pasta, with a mild flavor. This, as well as the Acorn and Delicata are very closely related to the summer squashes, just different varieties of the same species.

Sweet Dumpling is one of the parents of Carnival squash, being compact, whitish-yellow with some green streaks, and pronounced ridges. Its taste resembles a sweet potato, and its flesh is edible. This could be used in place of sweet potato or pumpkin in recipes.

Turban is the larger group of which Buttercup is a member, noted for its pronounced “bump” on top resembling a turban or turk’s cap—another name for it. Often these are quite colorful and can be used simply for decoration. Its sweet and mild flesh is good roasted, or in soup, and its outer rind can be used as the soup tureen.

There are many more types and cultivars of winter squash, including heirlooms. Experiment with some in this winter’s cooking, and try growing some from seeds next year.

11/1/14 Distribution of this release is made possible by University of Vermont Extension and New England Grows–a conference providing education for industry professionals and support for Extension’s outreach efforts in horticulture.

Your Information Request for your selected properties



By submitting this form, you agree to allow ideal-LIVING.com to provide your contact information to the selected communities.
Currahee Club

Currahee Club

Toccoa, Georgia

With 1,200 breathtaking acres, Currahee Club offers some of the finest real estate in North Georgia. The master-planned community features golf course, lake, and mountain homes on unique lots shaped by their natural surroundings. Visit us today, and enjoy the lifestyle you deserve...
Read More...

GA


Grandview at Gateway

Grandview at Gateway

Jasper, Georgia

The full focus of Grandview is to create an environment not only to promote social interaction but also encourage physical activity, mental stimulation and just plain fun. Grandview at Gateway is located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the first mountain city of Jasper, GA.
Read More...

GA


Nexton

Nexton

Summerville, South Carolina

Nexton is an award-winning community located in Summerville, SC, just 25 miles from Charleston and within easy access to the beach and airport. With new homes priced from the $200s to the $600s+, there's something for everyoneincluding one-story plans, all-ages neighborhoods, and our very active Del Webb 55+ community.
Read More...

SC


K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado

K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado

Buckeye, Arizona

Offers single-family new homes in a beautiful desert setting with a wide variety of community amenities. Enjoy 55+ Living with K Hovnanian Homes.
Read More...

AZ


Retire NC

Retire NC

Cary, North Carolina

From four distinct seasons to its geographic diversity and welcoming communities, North Carolina draws those seeking retirement options that feed the senses and the soul. Retiring to North Carolina is like coming home...
Read More...

NC


Ocean Ridge Plantation

Ocean Ridge Plantation

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Ocean Ridge Plantation is one of the most exclusive and luxurious beach and golf communities in coastal North Carolina. Ideally situated in Sunset Beach between the historic port city of Wilmington, NC, and the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ocean Ridge offers luxurious appointments, world-class amenities, and 72 holes of award-winning golf.
Read More...

NC


Mount Vintage

Mount Vintage

North Augusta, South Carolina

Mount Vintage is a well-established 2,000 acre private community conveniently located just a few miles from Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC. Carefully planned to enhance the natural beauty and tranquility of this setting...it is truly one of a kind.
Read More...

SC


Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Palm Cay is a unique oceanfront gated community, set within 70 acres, which successfully blends the exclusivity of a magnificent 200+ berth marina with panoramic waterfront and glorious beaches, to offer an idyllic and affordable lifestyle-unsurpassed even by Bahamian standards.
Read More...

BHS


Encore at Briar Chapel

Encore at Briar Chapel

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Encore by David Weekley Homes is an exclusive 55+ section within the master planned community of Briar Chapel. With a great location in Chapel Hill, you'll enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. These exceptional homes are situated on 45-foot and 55-foot homesites and feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining.
Read More...

NC


Celadon

Celadon

Beaufort, South Carolina

Located in SC's Lowcountry, a mere three miles from downtown Beaufort, this beautiful master-planned community allows you to focus on a simpler, happier, healthier life.
Read More...

SC


Savannah Lakes Village

Savannah Lakes Village

McCormick, South Carolina

Savannah Lakes Village is on the 71,000-acre freshwater Lake Thurmond in McCormick, South Carolina with 1,200 miles of shoreline. The community boasts two championship lakefront golf courses with restaurants and pro shops..
Read More...

SC


WaterSong at RiverTown

WaterSong at RiverTown

St Johns,

WaterSong at RiverTown is now open! As a Florida 55+ Active Adult Community, now is the time to enjoy a carefree active lifestyle centered on fun and enjoying life. Located along the banks of the St. Johns River, WaterSong features magnificent resort-style amenities. Find your dream home today!
Read More...

FL


Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

Waleska, Georgia

Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful master planned community is just 40 minutes from Atlanta, convenient to nearby Canton, minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and the premiere Cultural Arts Center at renowned Reinhardt University. The vast list of amenities includes miles of walking/hiking trails, pickle ball, championship golf and breathtaking lake and mountain views.
Read More...

GA


Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Bella Vista is a private 36,000-acre, Member-based recreational community in Northwest Arkansas offering seven golf courses, seven stocked private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, parks, pavilions, recreation centers, a gun range, an RV Park and many other amenities. Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America's Top 10 Best Healthy Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.
Read More...

AR


Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Salem, South Carolina

Maintenance-free lifestyle, condos, town homes, cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use 5 community docks with 324 boat slips.. kayak rentals, and a supply store.
Read More...

SC


Cumberland Harbour

Cumberland Harbour

St. Marys, Georgia

Welcome to the Low-Country! Located on a peninsula bounded by rivers and ocean we are Georgia's Premier Coastal Community. Enjoy world-class amenities with pools, tennis, fitness center, parks and community docks. All protected by manned/gated 24/7 security for peace of mind.
Read More...

GA


Sea Horse Ranch

Sea Horse Ranch

Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Sea Horse Ranch is a luxury, oceanfront resort with private villas for rent and for sale. Located in Cabarete-Sosua on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Sea Horse Ranch is a 20-minute drive from the international airport of Puerto Plata.
Read More...

DOM


Wendell Falls

Wendell Falls

Wendell, North Carolina

Wendell Falls is based on new thinking about ways to live. We like to say it's where small-town community meets big-city urbanity. With artfully crafted new homes from the $230s to $600s. A growing town center with shops, restaurants and more. Inspiring parks. And miles of trails.
Read More...

NC


Shearwater

Shearwater

St. Augustine, Florida

Shearwater is a new home community in St. Augustine, Florida that combines resort-style amenities and new homes in a natural setting convenient to the attractions of Jacksonville.
Read More...

FL


The Retreat at Barbers Hill

The Retreat at Barbers Hill

Mont Belvieu, Texas

The Retreat at Barbers Hill will be known as the place where resort-style amenities will merge with everyday living for those 62 and better. There will be no lack of amenities in our spacious one and two bedroom homes for rent. Residents will have the option of choosing from apartment homes with elevator access or one-story cottages with attached garages.
Read More...

TX


Chickahominy Falls

Chickahominy Falls

Glen Allen, Virginia

Situated on 180 acres hugging the Chickahominy River, Chickahominy Falls is redefining 55+ communities through a commitment to healthy living and special amenities that balance play with purpose. At the heart of the community is Woodside Farms, a 10-acre, four-season farm that will produce a curated mix of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers selected for their health and wellness benefits for active adults.
Read More...

VA


Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

St. Petersburg, Florida

Welcome to Village Green, where you'll find luxury living at an affordable price. Village Green is an active 55+ adult community with a wide selection of pre-owned homes from the $30's, a multi-million dollar clubhouse, a full-time Activities Director, friendly people, and the finest in resort amenities. Whether you're looking for the best value in retirement, or simply a place to live life a little easier near the water, you'll find it a Village Green. Visit us and see why so many of our residents say it's like being on vacation all year long.
Read More...

FL


Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Aiken, South Carolina

Carefully planned 2,800-acre gated community, recently named one of Money Magazine's "Top Ten Retirement Communities." Three private 18 hole championship golf courses, tennis pavillion, wooded walking trails and more. Top medical facilities, university town with a mecca of cultural events.
Read More...

SC


The Fives Hotel & Private Residences

The Fives Hotel & Private Residences

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Fives Hotel & Private Residences is comprised of residences, suites and penthouses surrounded by numerous pools, a protected natural area with a cenote, a tennis court, restaurants, a spa, a beach club, a kids club, and other installations. Experience Playa del Carmen's exclusivity enjoy the amazing beaches of the Riviera Maya!
Read More...

MEX


Bayside

Bayside

Selbyville, Delaware

Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes - all inspired by the New England coastal towns. Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware's finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you're here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
Read More...

DE


Las Palmas Grand - Active 55+ Resort

Las Palmas Grand - Active 55+ Resort

Mesa, Arizona

It's easy to see why so many of our residents feel like they're on vacation all year long. Las Palmas Grand is a world-class resort with year-round activities, luxury amenities and a friendly group of active 55+ adults who enjoy life to the fullest, just like you.
Read More...

AZ


Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters.
Read More...

TN


Arden

Arden

Wellington, Florida

Arden is a master-planned community offering new homes in Palm Beach County, Florida. This gated community features amenities and activities inspired by nature and healthy living.
Read More...

FL


Miralon

Miralon

Palm Springs, California

This is Miralon. Where modern new homes in Palm Springs blend with parks, miles of trails and olive groves in a prime desert location. New experiences are as simple as stepping outside. Whether it's tranquil, artsy, eclectic or organic, more or less everything is right where you want it.
Read More...

CA


On Top of the World Communities - Florida 55+ Communities

On Top of the World Communities - Florida 55+ Communities

Ocala, Florida

Renowned for beautiful homes and an unrivaled method that combines top-notch programming, talented staffing and incredible amenities, On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FL, is truly a leader in creating quality lifestyles
Read More...

FL