Potter County Sweet Potato

Delicata Squash

Ok, it’s a Delicata squash and not a sweet potato. But it is also known as the sweet potato squash because when cooked it has a sweet, nutty flavor with a fine-grained texture and a light orange color. And best of all, it can be grown in short season climates like here in Potter County, Pennsylvania.

Like other summer squash, sow the seeds directly in garden in late spring after weather has warmed and the danger of frost has passed. Grow it in a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil just like any other squash. But with the Delicata, it can be harvested and enjoyed early as a summer squash, or picked late in the season as a mature winter squash. For winter storage, gather it before the first fall frost leaving part of stem attached and store it in a cool dry place.  

Ready for Oven

The Delicata is best enjoyed as a winter squash for its baked texture and flavor. To do this, slice the uncooked Delicata lengthwise down the center. It has a tough, hard skin, so use caution when cutting through it with a knife. Then, use a sturdy spoon to scoop out the seeds . Next, place on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish with the cut side down.

Ready to Serve

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until squash is soft but not mushy. Remove from oven.  Add some butter and enjoy. Tastes just like sweet potatoes.

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3 Responses to Potter County Sweet Potato

  1. Conrad Kritzberger says:

    We enjoyed a very tasty Delicata this evening, nothing added. They are THAT good !

    I found the following interesting information at: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Delicata_Squash_626.php

    Nutritional Value
    All squashes provide vitamin A and vitamin C, some of the B vitamins and are a good source of fiber. One cup of cooked squash contains about 100 calories. Deep-colored squashes offer the most beta carotene.

    Geography/History
    A version of an old heirloom variety and also known as Bohemian squash, sweet potato squash or peanut squash because of its shape, the Delicata squash was especially popular in the early part of the twentieth century.

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