How to Prep, Buy, and Store Delicata Squash

Get the most out of this small, mild winter squash.

If you're unfamiliar with this nutty-sweet vegetable with tender edible skin, here's what you need to know to make it as much of a go-to as butternut or acorn squash.

  • No need to peel the edible skin. Simply pare away any tough patches and trim off woody ends.
  • To halve lengthwise, insert tip of chef's knife into center of squash, then cut down through flesh with blade. Rotate squash 180 degrees and repeat motion.
  • Delicata is available from late summer through early winter.
  • Choose squashes that are similar in size and shape to ensure even cooking.
  • Small woody patches on the skin are okay, but avoid squashes with soft spots, bruises, or mold.
  • Store as you would other winter squashes: at room temperature in a cool, dry spot. It will last at least 10 days.

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