Stuff About Squash You Didn’t Know

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Craig Kozy, owner of De Martini Orchard, a Diamond Certified company, has a lot to say about squash—and pumpkins in particular. Did you know that some are better for making puree for soup or pumpkin pie than others? The best ones are “Wisconsin Cheese” pumpkins and “Sugar Pie” pumpkins (with the speckled skin), which are marketed later than “Jack-O-Lantern” pumpkins. Seeds from all types of pumpkins and squash can be roasted for a tasty snack.

Hard squash come in a number of varieties—kabocha (good for soup), carnival, butternut, spaghetti, Danish, acorn and gold nugget, to name a few—and are often used for decorating a table or front door. Here’s what I didn’t know: These hard squash will keep for several months, and after being your centerpiece, can be cut in half, baked and served for dinner. Just be sure to keep them out of the sunlight and in a dry place.