It seems as though a lot of orange tends to take over the Farmer’s Market this time of year. Crowding out any late summer tomatoes…IT just takes over. It is lovely!
IT is anything from a wide variety of pumpkins in many hues of orange…sweet potatoes, peppers, oranges, and we must not forget one of my favorites…all of the different fall/winter squashes…they may not all be of an orange hue on the outside, but when you slice them open many of them are on the inside 🙂
Many people shy away from the fall/winter squashes. They may buy them for decor, but most forget they can be used in the kitchen for something other than their dining room table centerpiece. Maybe it’s just the name…SQUASH…it’s not a very attractive name by itself. I much prefer to precede it by its given individual name…sweet dumpling squash, butternut squash, carnival squash, gold nugget squash, fairy tale pumpkin squash :)…the list goes on and on.
Did you know that the pumpkin-the squash-the gourd-they’re very closely related? There are apparently four species of winter squash with pumpkin varieties in each of them. Generally the taste/flavor of a pumpkin is a bit stronger than the flavor of a squash. A pumpkin is even referred to as a gourd-like squash. Are you confused? Don’t be. They’re all fruits, but often cooked and eaten as vegetables….that’s a whole other discussion 🙂
Their nutrients… phenomenal !!! The beta-carotene they provide is an antioxidant thought to help reduce the risk of cancer. When you choose foods rich in beta-carotene in your diet your body takes them in and naturally transforms the beta-carotene into Vitamin A…an essential vitamin in growth, vision, and immune system function. Whichever squash you choose, pair it with with a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of butter before you roast it…even top it with a sprinkle of cheese. Not only do these fats enhance the sweet flavor, but aid in the digestion and absorption of the beta-carotene.
Don’t leave IT alone to rot on your doorstep this fall. After it has served as your favorite fall arrangement…cook it up. Let me know which ones you plan on trying this season and if you need any ideas…let me know. I’d LOVE to help!