Butternut squash cut lengthwise showing seed Butternut pumpkin (Australian term) Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata), sometimes known in Australia and New Zealand as butternut pumpkin or gramma, is a type of winter squash that grows on a vine.
Calabaza squash (Cucurbita moschata) is a tasty, easy-to-grow variety of winter squash that’s native to and extremely popular in Latin America. While it’s less common in the United States, it’s not hard to grow and can be very rewarding, particularly when used in Latin American cooking.
More important, delicata squash are a cinch to clean, cut and cook, making them any winter squash lover’s dream. Did I mention their flavor is even richer and their texture more creamy than butternut? I prefer to roast my delicata squash in a metal pan, allowing the outer edges to brown and caramelize.
Butternut squash is shaped like a bell, generally weighs from 2 to 4 pounds and is up to 1 foot long. The rind is a yellow to tan color, while the inner flesh is orange with a firm texture that softens as it cooks. Spaghetti squash is a vibrant yellow color and oval in shape. It is a little less than 1 foot long and usually weighs from 2 to 3 pounds.
From acorn to turban, winter squash are some of the most delicious and versatile ingredients of the season. Unlike summer squash, these are harvested in autumn when they are hard and ripe, and most varieties can be stored and enjoyed for use through the winter.