September to December
Shopping and Prep Tips:
Select squash that are heavy for their size with no soft spots.
Some of the most common PA Winter Squash varieties are:
Acorn, Butternut, Delicata and Spaghetti
Squash News and Recipes
Spaghetti Squash is a popular squash in Pennsylvania and when cooked the squash can be pulled apart to form slender strands similar to spaghetti.
A spaghetti squash can be prepared many different ways.
Bake it whole! Pierce the shell several times and bake in oven on 350F for 1 hr and 30 minutes or until squash gives when you squeeze it.
Microwave it whole! Again, pierce the shell several times (or it may explode) and microwave it 6 minutes and turn it over and heat it for 6 more minutes or until it gives when you squeeze it.
Slow cook it whole! Put the spaghetti squash in the slower cooker and add 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or until it gives when you squeeze it.
Then serve it with your favorite pasta sauce!
Health experts recommend that the average American should:
- Choose a variety of vegetables each day to get a good mix of vitamins and minerals.
- Eat between 2 and 3 cups of vegetables each day! For more info on what should be on your plate each day, click here.
- Strive to eat from five different groups of vegetables each week - dark green (3 cups), orange (2 cups), legumes (3 cups), starchy vegetables (3-6 cups) and other vegetables (6-7 cups)
Winter Squash falls under the orange vegetable category and is fat free and sodium free!