SEASON: Fall, Winter, Early Spring
SHELF LIFE GUIDE:
Delicata: 6 weeks
Sweet Dumpling: 6 weeks
Carnival: 3-4 months
Sugar Pie: 3-4 months
Kabocha: 4-5 months
Kakai: 5-6 month
Butternut: up to 6 months and beyond!
Keep Warm All Winter With These Favorites
Posted by Drew
Winter squash, or hard squash, is the real hero of fall and winter farming. As the days shorten and the nights get chillier, we are forced to face the cold reality that we cannot enjoy the summer bounty forever. Saying farewell to the crops of summer can be sad, but fortunately our attention is swiftly diverted by the brilliantly colorful autumn crops ready for harvest. Happy Boy has always grown a wide array of winter squash varieties, as they are so gorgeous and delicious to eat.
Winter squash, which are edible fruits in the gourd family, are miraculous keepers, meaning they have an impressive shelf life. Depending on the variety, they last anywhere from four weeks to several months - shocking but true! These multi-hued edibles are complete eye-candy. Some of our customers even purchase them as models for their artwork. They are so visually satisfying, one may forget that they are meant to be eaten. But whether you are enjoying them as décor for your festive table, a door stopper or ultimately a key ingredient for your seasonal cooking, winter squash offer loads of nutrition. Select from a seemingly endless myriad of recipe inspirations!
1) Indoor temperatures are a tad too warm for ideal long term storage.
2) Any damage to the exterior of the squash caused by piercing or dropping it could hasten spoilage and should be avoided.
3) If your hard squash is placed directly on a wooden surface, moisture from the squash could stain or cause damage to the wood.
4) Refrigeration is not recommended, unless your squash has already been cut or cooked.
5) We advise cleaning the surface of your squash with a clean damp rag to remove all soil and debris, then dry it. This will help prevent any premature deterioration.
Winter squash will last longest if kept in an airy spot, free from excessive moisture. Place them on a porch with overhead protection, plunk it down on your countertop or arrange them on your table until the inspiration to cook hits you.
Chock full of fiber, beta carotene and vitamins A and C, nutritionists love to praise their virtues. Some squash are high in protein to boot.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CARROTS
All it takes is one crunchy-bite, and you'll know why Happy Boy carrots are a customer favorite. Eat them raw, chop some up for a salad, roast them or even make a sweet-carroty soup - these are a must-try crop!