How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Winter Squash, In Season in October

September 30, 2015

If there was ever a harbinger of autumn weather, it’s winter squash. Orange as the fall leaves, and perfectly delicious roasted or simmered into a warming soup, squash is versatile and tasty, walking the line between savory and sweet.

There are almost as many varieties of winter squash as there are methods of cooking them: Butternut, delicata, hubbard, acorn, spaghetti, and pie pumpkins all fall under the “winter squash” umbrella. No matter what variety you’re buying, the skin should be taut, firm, and not wrinkled. Wrinkling skin often begins near the stem, and is a sign that…