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Meet your CSA Vegetables- Delicata

Delicata is a winter squash, with a flavor similar to butternut squash or even sweet potatoes. The great benefit of delicata over butternut squash is that the skin becomes tender when baked and therefore does not need to be removed. Personally, I love butternut squash, but am always a little concerned about personal injury while I am trying to hack off the tough outer rind.

Preparing delicata squash couldn’t be easier. Simply cut in half lenthwise, scoop out the seeds, and place cut side down on a baking pan along with 1/4 inch of water. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until easily pierced by a fork.

The baked squash can be sliced, or served as is. You could also scoop out the flesh and puree or mash the squash with seasonings for a simple side dish, baby food, or soup.

Delicata can also be sauteed, steamed or stewed.

Delicata is rich in potassium, and fiber, and also contains beta carotene, vitamin C, magnesium and manganese.